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Bystander who tackled Waffle House gunman says he's no hero

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ANTIOCH, Tenn. -

A 29-year-old man credited with saving many lives Sunday morning after he tackled and disarmed a man who opened fire inside a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday morning. The shooting left four people dead and four others hurt

James Shaw Jr. said he doesn't feel like a hero and he was just trying to stay alive when he rushed the shooter, disarmed him, and tossed the gun over the counter.

He told the Tennessean newspaper, "I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it."

Shaw Jr. arrived at the Waffle House early Sunday after a fraternity party with friends. Soon after he got there, the shooting started.

Police said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a pickup truck and sat in the parking lot for four minutes, shot two people with an assault rifle in the parking lot, then went inside and continued firing.

Shaw Jr. said that when the shooter came in, he had to reload, and that's when he rushed the gunman.

“When he came in, I distinctively remember thinking that he is going to have to work for this kill,” Shaw Jr. said. “I had a chance to stop him and thankfully I stopped him.”

Police said via their Twitter account that authorities are searching for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. They said they named him as a person of interest because the car that the gunman arrived in was registered to him.

Shaw Jr. was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for an injury to his elbow. He was treated and released according to a hospital spokesperson

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