Vice President Mike Pence dubbed James Shaw "an American hero" in a tweet this evening.
Shaw, 29, is credited with saving numerous lives after police say alleged shooter Travis Reinking, 29, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. on Sunday, killing four people and injuring numerous others at a South Nashville Waffle House.
President Donald Trump has been criticized by some for not yet acknowledging Shaw's actions, but Pence wasn't short on praise in his Twitter post:
"Thanks James Shaw Jr. for your courageous actions to save lives and your continued efforts to help others. You’re an American HERO!"