Vegan Who Intervened In Waffle House Shooting Called A 'Hero'

Police say James Shaw Jr. saved several lives
James Shaw Jr.
Shaw is a father of one and Tennessee State University Graduate (Photo: Instagram)

29-year-old James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed a gunman on a murderous rampage at a Tennessee Waffle House on Sunday, also happens to be vegan.


Shaw had been out with friends the night before, and they went to eat in the early hours of Sunday morning.

An unclothed man opened fire shortly after the group arrived.

Despite the shooter having already killed four people, Shaw moved quickly to disarm him and throw the gun out of his reach.

Police say Shaw's bravery and quick thinking likely saved several lives.

Waffle House Shooting
‍The event occurred at a Waffle House in Tennessee (Photo: Instagram)

'Pretty cool guy'

A Tennessee State University graduate, and father to a four-year-old daughter, Shaw has been praised as a 'hero' since the story was shared on social media.

One university professor took to twitter and wrote: “OMG! Tennessee State University alumnus James Shaw Jr - my former student! Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more.”

Speaking with reporters, Shaw simply said that he thinks he's 'a pretty cool guy' - although he does deny the title of 'hero', and maintains that he simply did what he needed to in order to stay alive.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself. 

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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