On Thursday, a 26-year-old white terrorist walked into Umpqua Community College with a loaded gun and opened fire, killing nine innocent people and injuring at least seven others.
But that number might have been much higher if not for the actions of Chris Mintz, who reportedly stepped in front of the shooter and took seven bullets in an attempt to stop him.
Reportedly, Mintz, who had spent a decade in the military and was attending his first week at UCC, tried to block a doorway between the gunman and students who were huddled together in a classroom.
According to Wanda Mintz, Chris’ aunt, who told Q13Fox he “[tried] to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in, gets shot three times, hits the floor, looks up at gunman and says ‘it’s my son’s birthday today,’ gets shot two more times.”
Ms. Mintz knows this because her nephew told her on his way to surgery. Miraculously, Mintz survived the encounter and is now being hailed as a hero.
Along with the gunshot wounds, Mintz broke both legs, according to his cousin, Derek Bourgeois.
According to reports, Mintz will have a long recovery, but he is expected to survive.
We will not speak the killer’s name. But this name, this is the name that should be on the lips of every journalist reporting this tragedy from around the world.
Correction: Initial reports indicated Mintz was shot five times. New reports confirm doctors treated Mintz for seven gunshot wounds and two broken legs.