Chris Mintz, a 30-year-old army veteran is in stable condition at Mercy Medical Center, in Oregon, after facing a gunman during a deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Mintz was shot seven times as he jumped into action to save the lives of people in his classroom. The veteran heard gunshots in the classroom next to his and walked toward the gunman.
“He told the people in his classroom just be calm. He met the shooter at the door and said to calm down. He tried to talk to him and talk him out of it,” said Ariana Earnhardt, Mintz cousin.
Mintz was in the military for 10 years, and moved to Oregon from North Carolina to be close to his son.
The 30-year-old tried to keep the gunman from getting into the classroom and was shot three times, according to USA Today.
“He hit the floor, looks up at gunman, and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today.’ (And he) gets shot two more times,” said aunt Wanda Mintz. At some point, Mintz was shot twice more.
The hashtag #ChrisMintz has surfaced social media in support of his family and other victims as well as his story.
Mintz’s family set up a GoFundMe account to pay for his medical bills, and as of Thursday afternoon had raised more than $15,000.