He is already considered a hero by the American media.Chris Mintz, a veteran of the US Army, was shot seven times while trying to protect students during the shootout Thursday night in a University of Oregon in the United States. According to his aunt, who reported his testimony to Q13 Fox News, he has tried to block the door to prevent Chris Harper Mercer, the alleged gunman, to take it to his classmates.
Shot seven times
Chris Mintz, 31, had joined the army after finishing high school, and has served for ten years. His cousin, Derek Bourgeois, who had committed together with him, was also moved from Daily Beast that Chris has returned a military operation abroad without serious injury, only to fail to killed in a small town in Oregon.
The veteran has indeed shot seven times as he tried to block the emergence of the shooter, before collapsing to the ground. According to her aunt, and a nurse present in the classroom and who administered first aid, he repeated several times that it was that day the anniversary of his son before being touched by other shots.
His family told several media that he had at least one operation and that his days were no longer in danger, but he would have to re-learn to walk. “We do not know exactly how his legs were broken, his aunt told NBC News.
“From what I’m hearing, he’s fine,” the cousin said. “But he’s going to have to learn to walk again.”
Mintz was attending just his fourth day at the University of Umpqua. North Carolina native, he joined the school to be closer to his son, who actually celebrated his six years on the day of the tragedy. Mintz hopes to become a sports coach, as he currently works at a local YMCA.
This Friday at midday, one of his friends posted from him a message on his Facebook account, thanking all those who had supported him, saying that he thought of the shooting.