Waffle House Hero Honored By TN State Legislature

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Waffle House Hero Honored By TN State Legislature

Shaw, a 29-year-old AT&T worker and father of a 4-year-old girl, told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Monday that he hid behind a door in the restaurant and when the suspected gunman, Travis Reinking, went to reload his weapon, he sprang into action. "I don't want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that".

The 29-year-old man who confronted and stopped a gunman during a rampage at a Tennessee restaurant was hailed Tuesday as a hero by the USA state's legislature. An earlier $2 million bail was revoked Tuesday, and he awaits his first court appearance on Wednesday.

What seemed to drive Reinking more than anything was an obsession with Swift, the report said.

Reinking has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said 29-year-old Travis Reinking has been "compliant" and "cooperative" since he was transferred to the jail late Monday after he was captured near the apartment where he lived.

In an emotional ceremony Tuesday at the Tennessee Capitol, lawmakers gave James Shaw Jr., the man who stopped the deadly attack a Waffle House in a Nashville suburb, a standing ovation for his bravery.

NPR shares that James Shaw Jr. insists that he's not a hero, just a regular person who was determined to stay alive.

Phone calls to a number listed for the father, Jeffrey Reinking, went unanswered.

Shaw said, "I acted in a blink of a second".

Reinking was a lot of things during his brief stay in Salida, but violent was not one of them, those who knew him told police Monday.

In the back of the Waffle House, McMurray tried to funnel customers, including his best friend, Shaw, into the restaurant's bathrooms. He told officers that he had taken four guns away when his son was "having problems" but later returned them.

The Senate will also honor Shaw Jr.

Also on Tuesday, a Nashville judge revoked the bond of the shooting suspect. Two others were wounded: Shanita Waggoner, 21, of Nashville, and Sharita Henderson, 24, of Antioch.

More uncertainty also swirled around how someone who had raised so many red flags over the years - drawing the attention of local police, state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Secret Service - was still allegedly able to use a gun authorities said he had been barred from possessing and had signed over to his father.

Monday afternoon a Twitter account for the Metro Nashville Police Department confirmed that Travis Reinking was taken into custody alive. But they didn't figure out who had stolen the vehicle until after tragedy struck.

According to local news reports, Susan Niland, a spokeswoman with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said even though Reinking was forbidden from having guns in IL, it didn't mean he couldn't have them in Tennessee. If not for the efforts of a patron who wrestled the gun away, many more would have died.

Those questions included what might have led him to the carnage he is said to have unleashed at the Waffle House.

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