Brantley Gilbert To Raise Funds For Waffle House Shooting Hero At Nashville Orchestra Concert

At an impromptu press conference on Wednesday, April 25, country star Brantley Gilbert announced plans to give back to the Nashville community following the mass shooting that took place in a Waffle House on Sunday (April 23). During the massacre, a gunman claimed the lives of four people before 29-year-old customer James Shaw Jr. wrestled the gun away from the shooter, causing him to flee the scene. Shaw has since been heralded as a hero, and he also subsequently organized a GoFundMe page to assist victims of the shooting, which quickly met its $15,000 goal. When Gilbert heard Shaw’s story, he felt compelled to get involved: “When you see someone like James, who just jumped up and did what he did — and you think about the lives he saved, you realize what a special kind of guy he is,” the country singer said in a press release. Gilbert and his manager created a special design for T-shirts that read “I Believe in Heroism,” which will be sold at Gilbert’s May 4 performance. Joining Gilbert at the press conference was rock group Dashboard Confessional’s frontman Chris Carrabba, who also pledged to sell the T-shirts at his May 11 appearance at the Ryman auditorium.

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