Shaw launched the fund-raiser within hours of wrestling Travis Reinking to the ground after the partially naked, AR-15 assault rifle-wielding gunman opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tenn., in the small hours of April 22, killing Taurean Sanderlin, Joe Perez, Akilah Dasilva and DeEbony Groves. Four people were killed and four others were wounded.
And a NY man launched an online fundraiser to benefit Shaw that had raised $175,000 from more than 5,500 donors.
Shaw was recognized for his bravery this week by Tennessee lawmakers. "You're an American HERO!".
Call is a silver lining - the man credited with saving the lives of customers inside the Antioch, Tennesee Waffle House where four people were shot and killed early Sunday morning is getting his own hero's "thank you".
The co-owner of a Colorado crane company where the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Nashville restaurant once worked said she urged federal officials to keep him in custody after he was arrested at the White House a year ago.
"I figured if I was going to die, he was going to have to work for it", he told reporters Sunday. "That may not be a popular thing", Shaw said.
"When I grabbed the barrel of the weapon it was hot, but I didn't care". He tossed it behind the counter, and the gunman fled.
James Shaw Jr. was was grazed by a bullet on his elbow. He's charged with four counts of criminal homicide. "It was life or death", recalled Shaw, a 29-year-old Nashville resident who went to the diner for a late-night meal with a friend. He also faces four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony.