Families of victims meet hero in Waffle House shooting

May 16, 2018

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 24, 2018, file photo, James Shaw Jr. waves to the crowd and legislators inside the Tennessee House chambers at the Tennessee State House in Nashville, Tenn., as he is honored for disarming a shooter inside an area Waffle House. The White House says President Donald Trump has spoken with 29-year-old James Shaw Jr., a Tennessee man who wrestled a rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House. (Larry McCormack/The Tennessean via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Families of victims of a mass shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House got a chance to thank a man who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman.

Officials at Tennessee State University said a private ceremony was held Tuesday on the Nashville campus, where 29-year-old James Shaw Jr. met with the families. Police have hailed Shaw as a hero for grabbing the AR-15 rifle away from the shooter. Four people were killed and four others, including Shaw, were injured in the April 22 shooting.

Shaw, who is a Tennessee State alumnus, has raised money for the victims. School officials said Shaw held up a replica of the check for more than $240,000 during the gathering. Financial services firm UBS will distribute the money.

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