Waffle House shooting hero James Shaw meets with Parkland survivors

Shaw stopped further deaths in a mass shooting near Nashville last month.

The man who pried the burning hot gun barrel from the mass shooter at a Nashville-area Waffle House last month met with a number of survivors from the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Saturday.

James Shaw Jr. was hailed as a hero after stopping additional deaths and injuries when Travis Reinking allegedly opened fire on restaurant patrons -- killing four -- in Antioch, Tennessee, on April 22. Reinking has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide and four counts of attempted murder, including against Shaw.

David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, who have become outspoken activists in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, were among the survivors Shaw met with in Florida. Seventeen people were shot and killed in an attack on the high school on Feb. 14. Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, was charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the attack.

Shaw returned the favor on Saturday, saying Gonzalez was one of his heroes. Gonzalez called the meeting with Shaw "the Most Legendary Breakfast I've ever had in my life."

Hogg tweeted of his meeting with Shaw, "Lots of work ahead but the young people will win."

Shaw, a 29-year-old father of 2, started a GoFundMe page following the shooting, which has raised over $239,000 for the families of the four people killed in the Waffle House shooting. He had initially set a goal of just $15,000.

Gonzalez now has 1.4 million followers on Twitter, while Hogg has over 783,000. Both have used the platform to rally for their cause, while facing criticism and hate campaigns as well.

Shaw was wearing a T-shirt labeled "Live," a shirt sold by the Nashville-based company Live Above that is donating all profits to the James Shaw Jr. Foundation for the victims of the Waffle House attack, according to ABC affiliate WKRN.

In addition to Shaw's own philanthropy, his alma mater Tennessee State University, established a scholarship in his name last week.

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