The Jury Watch James Shaw Jr. Disarm Travis Reinking

[Warning: Video is disturbing.]

If things turned out a little differently, then James Shaw Jr. possibly the fifth murder victim of the Waffle House shooter Travis Reinking. But as jurors saw in Monday’s surveillance footage, Shaw was able to disarm the defendant more than three years ago in that Nashville restaurant.

Footage shows Reinking entering the Waffle House holding an AR-15 rifle and wearing only a green waist-length jacket. As seen on the video, Shaw confronted him, bolted the gun across the counter, and forced Reinking out of the building.

Reinking said something along the lines of “This disarmed me,” according to Shaw, who is black.

Shaw testified that Reinking was looking at him in the courtroom, all too familiar.

“He looked at me like he did that night,” he said. When asked what it was, Shaw said, “He doesn’t seem to care.”

A camera pans to Reinking, his face expressionless and his mouth hanging open. He stared at Shaw but didn’t seem to show any obvious emotion.

Defense lawyer Luke Evans told jurors at the opening that his client lived with schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions culminating in Reinking’s April 22, 2018 shooting. except for the jacket because he believes God told him to do it that way, the lawyer said. Defense pleads not guilty by reason of insanity for Reinking murder Joe Perez Jr.20, Taurean C. Sanderslin29, DeEbony Groves21 and Akilah Dasilva23.

Sanderlin, Groves and Dasilva are black, and Perez is Hispanic, although the state has not charged Reinking with any hate crimes.

Evans does not suggest race as a motive in opening statements, instead saying that his clients believe that those in the Waffle House are government agents responsible for years of torment, for example. like reading his mind and breaking into his house.

In his opening remarks, prosecutor Jan Norman highlights Reinking’s options for targeting customers who are running away.

For Shaw, his choice was to find the opportunity to rush to Reinking instead of trying to hide in the bathroom.

“There was a voice that told me to do it, do it now,” Shaw said. “And I acted on that voice because I didn’t see any other way. That’s why I don’t go to the bathroom because I think of myself as literally shooting fish in a barrel, so I want to be outside that door, trying to keep an eye on him and try to figure it out. his moment, just try. to find your own opportunities. ”

He overcame the tragedy with minor injuries, such as burns to his hand from grabbing the barrel of a rifle.

Even the other survivors were not so lucky. Sharia Henderson showed jurors the devastating gunshot wounds she suffered.

[Warning: Video is disturbing.]

Henderson testified that she was with her friend Groves at the restaurant singing “Jesus Loves Me” before the shooting. They are the children of preachers, she said.

Henderson said she tried to play dead after Perez injured her mouth so she did, but Reinking ended up looking her in the eye and shot her right away. Rounds has lost a chunk from her arm and all but severed her leg.

She said: “It was attached by the tendons and the skin.

[Screenshot via Law&Crime]

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