ROSEBURG, Ore. — Chris Mintz has released a public statement detailing how he remembers the fatal school shooting at an Oregon community college earlier this month.
The Randleman native has been hailed a hero after being shot several times while trying to stop the gunman during a shooting at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1.
Mintz published a Facebook post on Friday in which he describes the moment he was shot and an exchange he had with the shooter.
Mintz described hearing the gunshots, which sounded like “firecrackers,” and holding the door of the classroom open to make sure everyone got out safe.
The shooting happened in a room near the class he was in. Mintz tried to stop the shooter, but was shot multiple times.
“The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me,” wrote Mintz, who was shot multiple times and was released from the hospital last week.
Nine people were killed before the shooter killed himself. Several others were injured.
Mintz served as an infantryman from 2004 to 2007, reaching the rank of specialist, according to the Army. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
Mintz graduated from Randleman High School in 2003. Read his full account in the post below.