REPORT: Waffle House shooting victim asked Nashville mayor to repair I-440 potholes

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One Metro Councilman said a victim of the deadly Waffle House shooting had a simple request for Nashville Mayor David Briley on Tuesday.

At a community healing event, David Briley told the crowd that he visited the surviving victims from the deadly mass shooting at an Antioch Waffle House in the hospital.

According to a tweet from Metro Councilman Jeremy Elrod, one of the victims had the most Nashville response. Briley said he visited her in the hospital and asked if there was anything he could do for her. She reportedly asked if he could do anything about the potholes on I-440.

Mayor Briley confirmed the story and described his visit with 24-year-old Sharita Henderson.

“We walked into the room, and her father said 'she just told me that she wanted to say this to you as soon as you walked in,'" Briley said. "And he went on to say, what can you do to fix the potholes on 440?"

Briley said it was a light moment in an otherwise somber environment.

“I think that goes back to them trying to pick themselves up and move on,” Briley said.

Nashville drivers across the city resonated with Henderson's request.

”That's the one thing she wants to be fixed, I mean it needs to be fixed, it's crazy that she had so much going on and the only thing she was focused on is the potholes,” Shantail Brown said. "I'm glad that she was able to smile."

Even the mayor said he avoids the perils of driving on I-440.

“I try not to drive on 440 that is for sure," Briley said. "I know it needs a lot of work there's a plan in place to try and get that done as quickly as possible,” Briley said.

The future of I-440 is under the state's control. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has plans to patch potholes ahead of a 3-year resurfacing project funded by the IMPROVE Act.


Metro Nashville Police said suspected shooter Travis Reinking shot and killed Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, and Joe R. Perez, 20, outside the restaurant. He then went inside the Waffle House and continued shooting, fatally wounding De'Ebony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who later died at the hospital.

Nashville native James Shaw Jr. sprung into action, grabbed Reinking's gun and threw it behind the counter of the restaurant. Though Shaw says he acted selfishly to save his own life, he's been labeled a hero by people across the country for stifling the shooter and saving lives.

Shaw started a GoFundMe for the shooting victims, which has amassed more than $126,000 since the weekend. In response to Shaw's generosity and heroic actions, a GoFundMe was started for Shaw Jr. and his family.

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