Less then one day after the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday, the story of Chris Mintz, a student at Umqua and an Army veteran has begun to shine a bit of light on an otherwise dark day. According to witnesses when the shooter began firing at his victims, Mintz ran at him in an attempt to stop the bloodshed, sustaining at least 5 gunshot wounds in the process.
October 2, 2015 wasn’t just any normal day for Mintz, it was his son’s birthday, yet he still chose to go to class.According to The Daily Beast, Mintz was heard telling first responders that it was his son’s birthday as they rushed to save his life. After being rushed to a local hospital, Mintz is expected to survive. “From what I’m hearing, he’s fine,” a cousin told The Daily Beast. “But he’s going to have to learn to walk again.”
A post on Mintz’ Facebook early Friday confirms his survival, as a friend updated the masses about his condition. “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.”