Trump Speaks With Tennessee Man Hailed As Waffle House Shooting Hero

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with a Tennessee man who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman at a Nashville Waffle House.

White House spokesman Raj Shah says Trump and 29-year-old James Shaw Jr. spoke Monday. Shah had no other details about the conversation.

Shaw and a friend were dining at a Waffle House in Nashville on April 22 when a gunman wearing only a jacket opened fire outside with an AR-15 rifle before storming the restaurant. Four people were killed. Shaw and three others were injured.

Shaw has been hailed as a hero for wrestling the rifle away and throwing it over a counter.

The suspect, 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was apprehended the next day. Reinking faces charges of criminal homicide and attempted criminal homicide.

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