He should have been out celebrating his young son’s birthday, but instead, he put his life on the line as he tried to save others from a deadly shooter.
U.S. Army veteran Chris Mintz was attending Umqua Community College, Oregon, on Oct. 1, 2015, and was about to go into class. One thing on his mind was his son’s sixth birthday celebration scheduled for later in the day.
Army veteran Chris Mintz was hailed as a hero after the Oregon rampage
However, those celebrations were put on hold, as Mintz was shot seven times by a shooter who went on a rampage at the college—killing nine people and injuring at least 10 others. The gunman, who had six guns with him, was killed by law enforcement agents during his rampage.
Mintz, a 30-year-old former Army infantryman, was hailed as a hero after he charged at the shooter in a desperate attempt to prevent further shootings. Mintz was shot in the back, abdomen, and hands, and suffered two broken legs. “All of a sudden, the shooter opened the classroom door beside the door to my left, he leaned half of his torso out and started shooting as I turned toward him,” Mintz wrote on his Facebook page, according to New York Times. “He was so nonchalant through it all, like he was playing a video game and showed no emotion.”
Hero Army veteran and Oregon college student speaks after being shot 7 times while trying to save classmates: "I just hope that everyone else is OK."
Mintz said he “yelled to the guy in the parking lot ‘you need to go get the cops, tell them where we’re at’ he couldn’t hear me so I had to repeat it a few times.”
That was when the gunman turned towards him from the classroom, aimed the gun, and pulled the trigger. “The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me,” he added, according to Stars and Stripes.
“He was on the wrestling team, and he’s done cage-fighting, so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically,” his aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News. “We’re not sure how his legs got broken,” she added.
“He’s going to have to learn to walk again,” Ariana Earnhardt, his cousin, told Fox 8. “But he walked away with his life, and that’s more than so many other people did.”
Whilst waiting for medical help to arrive, Mintz’s mind was on his son, not on himself. As a classroom friend leaned down to comfort him, Mintz said: ”It’s my son’s birthday. Please call my son’s mom and tell her I can’t pick him up from school today.”
Chris got shot three times, hit the floor, then looked up at the gunman and said "it's my son's birthday today."
Mintz, who was in the army for around 10 years, was hoping for a new life with his family and had just started college at Umqua Community College.
“He’s gone out that way for a fresh start,” Brown said. “Things were going good out there for him. That’s what he was looking for—being with his family, raising his son, being in school.”
After being released from hospital, Mintz was able to benefit from a GoFundMe page that raised almost $820,000 towards his expenses—only befitting for the man dubbed the “Oregon Shooting Hero.”
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