The Waffle House Shooting Hero, James Shaw Jr., Shares His Hopes For The Future With Ellen

"Know that you have that fire inside yourself."

In April,  during a deadly Waffle House shooting in Tennessee, James Shaw Jr. disarmed the gunman. Following the tragedy, Shaw set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral costs for the four victims. And after that, journalist Yashar Ali set up another campaign to raise money for Shaw and his 4-year-old daughter. 

This week, Shaw took to Ellen DeGeneres' stage to talk about the incident and what he hopes for the future.

Shaw began by discussing how the shooting unfolded and how he ended up wrestling the gun away from the gunman. "I had a voice in my head that said, 'Do it now,'" Shaw recalled. "I took the opportunity."


Then, DeGeneres asked Shaw how he felt about people calling him a hero for his actions that day.

"The whole 'hero' thing ... I don't have a problem with it it's just that if you're in that same situation I want you to know that a regular guy did it and I want you to emulate that same thing and know that you have that fire inside yourself."

DeGeneres then announced that, after another donation from Shutterfly, Shaw's total GoFundMe check totaled $225,000 — and she had it ready to present to him.

In another surprise, DeGeneres introduces Shaw to his personal hero: NBA player Dwyane Wade.

During their meeting, Wade tells Shaw, who's clearly shocked by the whole thing, that he considers Shaw a hero:

"I look at you as an American hero," Wade says. "When I sit down with my kids, and I sit down and talk to them about role models, who I want them to look up to, I tell them to go look up James Shaw Jr." 

Finally, Wade asks Shaw about his hopes for the future. Shaw takes the opportunity to say he hopes to raise awareness for mental health

"If I can help that problem, I think that's what I should do."

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