President Donald Trump once claimed that he would take the same heroic actions that James Shaw Jr. did during a mass shooting, but the commander-in-chief failed to impress the Waffle House hero during a recent phone conversation. "I know he's very busy with what's going on in the world".
Shaw had been eating in the restaurant when suspect Travis Reinking started his rampage.
Immediately after the shooting, Shaw set up a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $15,000.
On Tuesday night, Shaw presented the families with a check for $241,000.
Reinking, 29, is charged with four counts of criminal homicide, four counts of attempted homicide and one count of having a firearm while committing a risky felony in connection with the shooting.
"Had you not been there, everybody in that building would have been killed", said Renee Hampton, the aunt of 24-year-old Sharita Henderson, who was wounded in the shooting. "I just want to say thank you".
The eight families, all representing the victims who were killed or injured, released balloons in honor of the four people who were killed.
Police say Travis Reinking had displayed signs of mental illness before his IL gun card was revoked last summer. More than $15,000 has been committed, and school officials said additional financial support has been pledged. "His genuine concern for the well-being of others is a tribute to his parents, who are also TSU alumni".
According to the Washington Times, Shaw later admitted that he was just thinking about saving himself when he made the split-second decision to try to wrest the gun away from Reinking. "I did this with no recognition", he said. "For that, I am greatly, greatly appreciative".