We Send Our Condolences: Four Victims Killed in Nashville Waffle House Shooting

Sending our condolences to the families and friends of the four victims who unnecessarily lost their lives after being shot at a Nashville Waffle House.

The victims were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, an employee of Waffle House and customers Joe R. Perez, 20, Akilah Dasilva, 23, and Deebony Groves, 21.

In addition to the victims, many others were injured including Sharita Henderson, 24 and Shanita Waggoner, 21 who were shot and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The shooter entered the Waffle House early Sunday morning and opened fire with an assault rifle.

After murdering four innocent people, a customer, James Shaw, 29, forcefully took the weapon away.

Many survivors of the shooting, friends, families and authorities are calling Shaw a true hero for brave act, but he denies the glory that is being given.

“I was completely doing it to save myself,” Shaw told reporters at a news conference. “In the process I did save other people thankfully, but I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that.”

He said he realized that he heard gunshots and then saw a body near the entrance as the shooter burst through the door and began shooting.

“He shot through that door and a bullet grazed my hand and my arm,” Shaw said. “At that time I made up my mind that he was going to have to work to kill me,” he said.

James Shaw, 29 is an alum of Tennessee State University and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

As he was coming through the front door, Shaw hit him with a swivel door, and was able to grab the AR-15  weapon and throw it over the counter, take him outside where he was able to get away.

Waffle House CEO Walth Ehmer was  extremely proud and thankful for Shaw’s actions and hugged him after the news conference.

“You don’t get to meet too many heroes in life but you are my hero,” he said.

Arrest warrants have been issued charging Travis Reinking, 29 with murder have been issued as authorities continue the search.

He is currently still armed and dangerous.

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  • Akilah DaSilva, 23, who was wounded outside the restaurant and died in hospital. His girlfriend, Shanita Waggoner, was reportedly injured. DaSilva was a pursuing a musical engineering degree at Middle Tennessee State University.

  • DeEbony Groves, 21, a Belmont University student who reportedly went to the Waffle House with friends from her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.

  • Joe Perez, 20, who was getting food at the Waffle House and died outside, according to police. In a Facebook post his mother said his family was “broken” with the loss.

  • Taurean Sanderlin, 29, who worked at the restaurant and was fatally shot outside, police said.

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Follow E'Vonne: Instagram: @forever_evonne Twitter: @EVonneGipson SC: @byevonnegipson E'Vonne Gipson is an award winning journalist from Missouri City, TX. She is a graduate of Grambling State University where she received a B.A. degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations. Gipson has written for several publications including Sheen Magazine, HBCU Buzz, The Black Beat, The News-Star, The Ruston Daily Leader, JubileeMag.com, and Houston Style Magazine. She is a former business reporting intern at Abilene Reporter-News in Abilene, TX and a current social media intern for MC Lyte's Hip Hop Sisters Network. She first began her journalism career writing for her school's newspaper "The Gramblinite". In 2016, Gipson worked with the Web Department at Houston television station, KHOU-11 TV where she gained professional photography and social media skills. Gipson is currently a producer at USA Today Network newspaper, The News-Star in Monroe. She is a member of The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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