President Trump calls James Shaw Jr., thanks him for heroism in Waffle House shooting

(FOX 17 News photo/The White House)

President Donald Trump talked with James Shaw Jr. Monday morning to commend him about his heroism during the deadly Waffle House shooting in Antioch.

Shaw is hailed a hero across the nation after he wrestled an AR-15 from the gunman, saving many lives.

During a call, Trump commended Shaw on his heroic actions and quick thinking during the tragedy, deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said Monday.

Shaw has adamantly said that he doesn’t want to be called a hero – but that’s how America sees him. On the day of the shooting, Shaw said the accused shooter Travis Reinking shot at him twice, one bullet striking Shaw’s arm.

“After that I became totally relaxed, I was looking through my eyes and I heard a voice that said, do it now,” Shaw said, recounted the moments on the Steve Harvey Show. “We wrestled for the gun, and I said to myself if he kills me, he’s going to have to work for this kill."

Shaw said he finally got the gun, threw it over the counter top and pushed himself and the gunman outside.

Four people were killed in the shooting and others including Shaw, were injured. Shaw has raised more than $227,000 for the victims' families.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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