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Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr. expected to receive White House invite


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Antioch Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw Jr. has had a whirlwind week since saving countless lives, and his next stop could be the White House.

Shaw heroically fought off alleged gunman Travis Reinking on April 22, wrestling an AR-15 away from Reinking after he killed four people. Shaw also sustained injuries during the struggle, a cut to his elbow and burns to his hand from grabbing the weapon.

Police say they later found Reinking with two cartridges of ammunition in a jacket pocket and stated Shaw's actions undoubtedly saved more lives from being lost.

In the wake of his heroism, Shaw has been honored by the Tennessee legislature, proclaimed as a state hero. He has also been honored at a Nashville Predators game, churches and has been interviewed by countless national media outlets.

Now, the White House could be his next destination. Speaking to reporters on Monday, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the administration is making an effort to host Shaw.

"My understanding is that there has been an outreach effort to bring him here to the White House, and I’ll keep you updated on that as I have more information," Sanders stated.

It's the first confirmation of such efforts to honor Shaw. On April 26, Vice President Mike Pence tweeted a thank you to the Nashville native, stating "Thanks James Shaw Jr. for your courageous actions to save lives and your continued efforts to help others. You’re an American HERO!"

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