Fundraiser for Waffle House hero raises $100K in less than a day

A fundraiser for the man being hailed as a hero in the Nashville Waffle House shooting has raised more than $100,000 in less than 24 hours.

Reporter Yashar Ali started the GoFundMe for James Shaw Jr., who wrestled the gun away from the shooter during Sunday’s incident.

As of 9 p.m., just 21 hours after Ali started the fundraiser, it had raised $105,072.


“I normally don't get involved directly in these matters, but James' grace has inspired me to start this page to give him the support I feel he deserves,” Ali wrote on the page.

He added that the money could be used to fund Shaw’s daughter’s education, and he would “be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation.”

Shaw also started a GoFundMe to raise money for the families of the victims, which had raised over $122,000 as of Tuesday night.

Four people were killed in the shooting, and the suspected gunman is in custody.