Yesterday’s Oregon shooting is a tale of tragedy and terror, but as with many tales of tragedy and terror, there are aspects of heroism and love.
The Oregon shooter wanted the media to mention his name, which is the very reason we have not here, nor will we. But there is one name you should know, that has emerged in the media coverage of yesterday’s events: Chris Mintz. Chris Mintz is a hero. And Chris Mintz deserves coverage.
When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.
Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.
Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.
When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, an military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others.
“Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in,” his aunt, Wanda Mintz, told Fox 8, a CNN affiliate in High Point, North Carolina.
“Gets shot three times,” his aunt said. “Hits the floor.”
“Looks up at the gunman and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today,’ ” his aunt said.
Still, there was no mercy. The gunman shot Mintz again. It’s not yet clear exactly how many more times, but both his legs are broken, said family members who talked to him by phone on his way into surgery.
He also ran back into the building to clear students from the library, pulled the fire alarms and physically removed people from the building.
Mintz has – at least – two broken legs. There are conflicting reports as to how many gunshot wounds he sustained with some outlets reporting as many as nine, most reporting seven. He is, however, expected to survive and recover, though the recovery process will be long. He is awake and alert and has spoken to media, but mostly just to ask what happened to the other students.
The family has set up a GoFundMe to help them defer his medical costs and bills as he recovers.