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Hero Army Vet Shot 5 Times While Protecting People From the Gunman in Oregon

“Chris Mintz stood in front of the shooter in Oregon and took five shots on his son’s birthday.”

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The story of a hero has emerged from yesterday’s horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon where a 26-year-old man opened fire killing 10 people. It could have been more if not for Chris Mintz, who was shot five times while trying to protect other students from the shooter. Mintz had just started classes at the college after ten years in the army and it was his son’s sixth birthday.


His aunt Wanda told Q13 Fox that he had tried to block the door from the gunman and was shot three times. Mintz fell to the floor and kept saying, “It’s my son’s birthday.” He was then shot twice more.

Derek Bourgeois, Mintz’s cousin, provided an update on his condition on Facebook.

Today my cousin Chris Mintz stood in front of the shooter in Oregon and took 5 shots on his sons birthday. I'm being...

Posted by Derek Bourgeois on Thursday, October 1, 2015\n

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin gave a press conference last night and had this to say about the terrible crime, “I will not give [the killer] the credit he probably sought. You will never hear me use his name.”

In this moment of great tragedy it’s at least a small comfort to know that one brave man was fighting to save lives as a coward was trying to take them.

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