A mother of one of the people that survived the fatal Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee, in March reached out to a woman that possibly saved her son’s life and gave the bride-to-be the gift of a lifetime.

WZTV in Nashville reported that Michael Garth Sr. was sitting at the bar area of the restaurant when the waitress asked that they move because she was cleaning dishes and didn’t want the water to splash on them. Garth said he and his friend were a little frustrated but moved to a table that was closer to the bathroom.

As Garth said, this change might have been a life-saving decision.

When the shooter entered the restaurant, Garth and his friend were able to hide under the table they had chosen. Later they crawled to the bathrooms and kitchen door waiting for someone in the back to let them in as local hero James Shaw Jr. “rushed the gunman, actually wrestled the assault rifle away and tossed it over the counter.”

Months later, Garth and his mother contacted the waitress that asked him and his friend to move. They thanked her for being part of the reason that Garth is alive today.

After discovering that she was about to get married, Garth’s mother covered the cost of her wedding dress as a gift.

Garth took to Facebook about the whole situation.

“So many things happened that lead to my life being spared at the Waffle House that night. This is the waitresses that asked Tre Swisha Sneed and I not to sit at the bar because she was washing dishes and didn’t want the water to splash on us. That lead to us sitting where we sat and possibly saved our lives. My mother Vickie Davis tracked her down, found out she was getting married and got her this wedding dress. #GodsPlan #AntiochStrong #GodsFavorite”

Accused shooter Travis Reinking has been charged with four counts of criminal homicide. He also faces four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony, according to CNN.


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