Chris Mintz, a 30-year-old Army veteran, was in his fourth day of a new semester at Umpqua Community College when shots rang out in a nearby classroom on Thursday morning. In the minutes that followed, a lone gunman killed nine people in the attack in Roseburg, Oregon, before dying in a gunfire exchange with police. Family members and witnesses say Mintz rushed to the front of his own classroom and blocked the door to keep the gunman from entering.
But details have emerged that Mintz risked his own life to stop the killer. Family members and witnesses say Mintz rushed to the front of his own classroom and blocked the door to keep the gunman from entering. He was shot several times and had to undergo emergency surgery.
Mintz, who is a father, posted a message about his son’s birthday to his Facebook page early on Thursday. His aunt said that during the attack, he looked up at the gunman and said, “Today is my son’s birthday.”
“This is Chris’s friend, Chris asked me to thank everyone for their support, he is grateful and keeping our community and all victims in his thoughts… He is resting and in pain but smiling and the same ol’ Chris.” Read more…