Unsung Hero: Chris Mintz


Chris Mintz attempted to stop the shooter at UCC

The gunman’s name involved in the Oregon shooting will not be remembered, but the hero, Chris Mintz, will.

At last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, 9 people were murdered, and 9 were injured. Among the injured was Chris Mintz, a military veteran.

The perpetrator opened fire in a classroom full of students. When the gunfire was heard, Chris Mintz, 30, thought about nothing but the safety of others, and about his 6-year-old son.

Chris attempted to block the shooter from entering another classroom. No mercy was shown to him. The gunman shot him three times.

“It’s my son’s birthday today,” Chris pleaded, according to CNN news.

The shooter, who will remain nameless, shot Mintz again. The amount of gunshots Chris received is still not clear, but both his legs are broken.

“He’s going to have to learn how to walk again. But he walked away with his life, and that’s more than so many other people did,” Ariana Earnhardt, a family member, told Fox 8.

Social media responses show that our country hails Chris Mintz and his bravery, and inspires us to remember him, and not the killer.