Chris Mintz is a hero and an inspiration to many. On Thursday, he was shot seven times by a gunman at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday. He suffers bullet wounds to his abdomen, back, legs and hand and two broken legs.
After hearing gunshots, Mintz the 30-year-old military veteran, ran to the library to pull all the fire alarms telling people to run. Then he ran back toward the building where the shooting was. Mintz ran at the attacker and tried to block the door to protect his classmates.
His aunt, Wanda Mintz told FOX8 about Mintz’ courage, “Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in. Gets shot three times. Hits the floor. Looks up at the gunman and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today.’”
Mintz’s cousin, Ariana Earnhardt, shared, “His vital signs are OK. He’s going to have to learn to walk again but he walked away with his life, and that’s more than so many other people did.”
Another cousin, Derek Bourgeois, set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for Mintz’s medical costs. In just two hours, donors gave more than double the requested amount of $10,000.
“During the shooting, both of his legs were broken and he is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” Bourgeois wrote. “While Chris is not the type of person to ask for it, he is going to need all of the help he can get while he recovers!”
Their fundraising goal was $10,000. They’ve reached $753,154 in just three days. The family includes other victims’ GoFundMe pages and wants to share the outpouring of love and support with the other victims first:
“We just want to make sure that before you donate to Chris, please remember all of the other victims and consider helping them out if you can. It is what Chris would want.”
Consider donating to Mintz and other Oregon victims Go Fund Me pages here.