Hero father tried to stop Oregon shooter

Chris Mintz and his son Tyrik. CNN image
Chris Mintz and his son Tyrik. CNN image

PIEDMONT TRIAD, NC (WFLA) – A man who was shot in Thursday’s deadly attack at an Oregon college campus is being called a hero for his actions.

30-year-old Chris Mintz was shot seven times when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday.

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Chris’ family says he played a hero’s role during the shootings. Chris’s aunt Wanda Mitz lives in the Peidmont Triad region of North Carolina and said that her nephew tried to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in and was shot three times, then fell to the floor. Wanda Mitz said Chris then spoke to the gunman Chris Harper Mercer.

“Looks up at gunman and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today,” said Wanda Mitz.

The gunman then shot Chris two more times.

Chris Mintz will be able to hold his 6-year-old son Tyrik again, despite two broken legs and lots of rehab ahead.

“His vital signs are okay 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,” said Chris Mintz’s cousin Ariana Earnhardt.

Family members had spoken to Chris before the shootings.

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“My brother talked to Chris on the phone this morning while Chris was walking Into school to tell him to remind his grandson that grandpa said, ‘Happy Birthday,’ ” said Earnhardt on Thursday.
Information from CNN was included in this report.

Chris was one of seven people injured in the attack. Chris Harper Mercer killed nine people. He was wearing body armor, and was armed with three pistols, a rifle and five additional magazines. The guns included a 9mm Glock pistol and 40-caliber Taurus Smith and Wesson, a 40-caliber Taurus pistol and a .556-caliber Del-Ton, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives. Mercer died after a shootout with police.

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