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Meet Chris Mintz: The Heroic Army Veteran Who Charged at The Oregon Gunman

2 OCT 2015
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We could focus on Chris Harper Mercer, the gunman responsible for nine deaths and seven serious injuries at an Oregon community college, or we could instead turn our attention to Chris Mintz—the heroic man who risked his life in an attempt to stop Mercer from hurting anyone else.

Chris Mintz is a 30-year-old Army veteran who had just started a new semester at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, U.S. when gunshots were fired in a nearby classroom this past Thursday morning. In an attempt to stop the gunman, Mintz charged to the front of his classroom and reportedly tried “to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in,” said Wanda Mintz, Mintz’s aunt, in an interview with Q13 Fox News in Oregon.

Mintz was shot three times after the gunman forced his way into the classroom. Falling to the floor, he informed the gunman that it was his son’s birthday. However, the gunman showed no mercy, shooting Mintz several more times.

Mintz is currently in a hospital recovering from the various gunshot wounds as well as two broken legs. While he is expected to survive, he will need physical therapy in order learn to walk again.

A GoFundMe page has been created for Mintz in order to raise money to cover some of the costs associated with his recovery. Derek Bourgeois, creator of the page, said:

“He is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” wrote Bourgeois. “While Chris is not the type of person to ask for it, he is going to need all of the help he can get while he recovers.”


Source: CNN