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Chadwick Boseman knows a superhero is no match for a real-life hero.
On Monday, the Black Panther star gave his MTV Movie Award for “Best Hero” to James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed a gunman that killed four people in an Antioch, Tennessee Waffle House in April.
“Receiving an award for playing a superhero is amazing, but it’s even greater to acknowledge the heroes that we have in real life,” Boseman said before inviting Shaw to the stage, CNN reports. “So I just want to acknowledge somebody that’s here today. James Shaw Jr. where are you? Stand. If you don’t know James Shaw Jr., he fought off a gunman in Antioch, Tennessee at a Waffle House. He saved lives. Come on up here.”
Shaw, 39, was grazed by a bullet and burned his right hand as he took down the shooter.
“I did that completely out of a selfish act,” he told reporters following the incident. “I was completely doing it just to save myself. I don’t want people to think that I was the Terminator or Superman or anybody like that.”
Shaw also launched a GoFundMe page to assist the shooting victims and their families. The $15,000 goal was surpassed multiple times over. He raised more than $241,000 dollars. A true hero indeed.
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