ROSEBURG, O.R. (NEWS10) – A student is being recognized as a hero all over social media following the mass shooting at an Oregon community college.
Reports say 30-year-old Army veteran Chris Mintz charged at the Oregon college shooter and was shot five times as he tried to save his classmates.
Mintz was taken to the hospital following the massacre Thursday morning. His cousin Derek Bourgeois says Mintz faced the shooter who killed at least ten people at the school in Roseburg.
‘I was told he went after the shooter,’ Bourgeois said. ‘There was no way he was going to stand around and watch something this horrific happen.’
Bourgeois, who lives in North Carolina, said no vital organs were hit when Mintz was shot multiple times, but he is expected to recover after spending most of Thursday in surgery.
According to his family, both of his legs are broken and he will have to learn to walk again.
He started the day Thursday by wishing his 6-year-old son ‘happy birthday’ on Facebook before headed to the community college where things took a tragic turn.