Here’s what you need to know about the Army veteran who tried to stop the UCC shooter in Roseburg, Ore. (Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)
Thursday was a very special day for Chris Mintz: Oct. 1 was his son’s sixth birthday. Though the child was too young to see it, the proud dad posted a happy birthday message on Facebook anyway on Wednesday night.
Hours later, as the former Army infantryman and Umpqua Community College student confronted a gunman on the rural Oregon campus, Mintz’s son was at the forefront of his mind, according to accounts provided by Mintz’s family.
Mintz, 30, encountered the gunman as he attempted to block the door of the classroom, his aunt Wanda Mintz told The Washington Post. Her nephew was shot three times, then fell to the ground. In that moment, she said, he tried to reason with the gunman.
“He hit the ground and looked up at him and said, ‘It’s my son’s birthday, don’t do this,’” Wanda Mintz recounted, after speaking to the mother of Mintz’s son. “And the guy shot him at least two more times.”
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When Wanda Mintz spoke to her nephew Friday morning he was weak but awake after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.
“He just tried to do the right thing,” Wanda Mintz said. “That’s just how he is. If he sees someone who needs, help he just helps. He just tried to intervene.”
Roseburg, Ore., has now been added to the grim list of American communities devastated by a mass shooting; the incident left 10 dead, including the shooter, and others injured.
And Chris Mintz is now counted among a group of heroes caught in the crossfire while trying to intervene.
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Mintz sustained gunshot wounds to his upper back, abdomen, left hand and upper and lower leg, according to a Facebook post by Jayme Skinner, the mother of Mintz’s son.
Both of Mintz’s legs were broken during the shooting, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his family to cover medical and childcare costs. By Friday afternoon, …Read More