Waffle House hero launches foundation

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The man praised as a hero in the wake of the Waffle House shooting tragedy, continued his service to the community on Sunday. 

James Shaw Jr. held his first “Come Together Day” on Sunday at the campus of his alma mater, Tennessee State University. The celebration was the official kickoff to the start of his new foundation, James Shaw Jr. Foundation. 

The event was open to the public and included food and games for the community. The TSU band also performed. 

“If you’re a Nashvillian, if you’re new to Nashville, if you’re a college student and you’re now a Nashvillian -we want you to come and be a part of this. All of this fun, this good activity, and come up with a solution to the violence that we have going on in Nashville.” said James Shaw Jr. 

Many call Shaw a hero for wrestling the rifle away from the Waffle House shooter last April, possibly saving lives. In the days since the horrific violence, Shaw has publicly said he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but he does want to give back to the community. 

“It’s not really not about me, it’s about how many people I can help.” said Shaw. 

Shaw said his foundation will focus on reducing gun violence and helping victims of violence. 

“Shootings are all different but they’re all the same when somebody’s life is lost.” Shaw told News 2. 

Mayor David Briley was also at “Come Together Day” and praised Shaw for wanting to making a difference in regards to violence. 

“We got to do better as culture, as a country, on guns and right now we’re not making any progress .” said Nashville Mayor David Briley. 

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