Meet The Army Vet Who Charged At The Oregon Gunman To Save Students' Lives

He was shot five times to protect others.

Major news outlets may be talking about the gunman (who will go unnamed in this article) that shot 10 people dead at Umqua Community College in Oregon. But the people who really should be talked about are the heroes. Among them from yesterday's shooting is Army veteran Chris Mintz. 

Mintz has been shot five times after charging straight at the gunman to save the others. According to relatives, he heard gunshots from another room and attempted to stop the shooter from entering his classroom. As he lay on the ground wounded, The Daily Beast reports that people heard him whisper "It's my son's birthday." 

The 30-year-old attended the college and was in his second year. He spent 10 years in the military prior.

Miraculously, he is expected to live. 

His friend took to Mintz's personal Facebook page to update everyone on his behalf.


"His vital signs are okay," his cousin, Ariana Earnhardt, told MyFox8. "I mean, he's going to have to learn to walk again. But he walked away with his life."

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