Chris Mintz is facing a long, hard road to recovery after being shot while attempting to protect his fellow Umpqua Community College students, but a stunningly successful GoFundMe set up by his cousin will help defray the costs. As of Saturday evening, the Chris Mintz GoFundMe has raised over $700,000 of a $10,000 goal.
When gunfire suddenly broke out at Oregon's Umpqua Community College, Chris Mintz was just another student. But he was a student with the heart of a hero and the training of a U.S. Army soldier.
Without thought for his own safety, Mintz pulled alarms and then charged the gunman, taking bullets to the legs, hands, and stomach in the process. Mintz was shot a total of seven times.
Mintz and six others survived the attack, but the gunman killed 10 other students before he was done.
Roseburg, Oregon's Fox 8 spoke to members of Mintz's family about what happened during and after the Roseburg shooting.
"Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in," Chris's aunt, Wanda Mintz, told FOX 8. "Gets shot three times. Hits the floor. Looks up at the gunman and says, 'It's my son's birthday today.'"
The killer didn't stop when Chris hit the ground. The ex-soldier was shot five more times, taking wounds to the back, stomach, hands, and legs.
This story could have had a very different ending, and it did for the 10 unfortunate students who lost their lives. But Mintz managed to pull through, and was still only thinking of others when he arrived at the hospital.
"When I asked him how he was doing, he immediately said, 'People died,' and lost it crying," Derek Bourgeois, one of Mintz's cousins, told Fox 8. "His ex-girlfriend actually corrected him while he was on the phone with me, telling him he was actually shot seven times. He was so out of it, he didn't even know how many times he had been shot."
Laying in his hospital bed, so out of it that he didn't know how many times he had been shot, Chris received an outpouring of goodwill from social media.
Chris Mintz. What a example of what it means to be a American Hero. Guys and Gals like this are true hero's pic.twitter.com/r00mHEPqWsSome were quick to point out that it's important to recognize a hero like Chris Mintz while not giving attention to the killer.
— Goof-Bucket (@MrEd_EVH) October 2, 2015
Let's all remember and say his name, not the shooter's. Thank you for your heroism, Chris Mintz. https://t.co/0qJuQ2xotLRainn Wilson, a native of the Pacific Northwest, even chimed in with a link to a fundraiser.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) October 2, 2015
Planting Peace is raising money for Chris Mintz, a true hero from that Godawful shooting http://t.co/1D2TC2VwmaAs of this writing, that fundraiser has brought in about $26,000, but a GoFundMe started by Chris Mintz's cousin has done astronomically better.
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 2, 2015
The GoFundMe, started by Derek Bourgeois, says that it is to raise money for "Chris Mintz - UCC shooting survivor," but the page goes into detail on how Chris was gravely injured attempting to save his fellow students.
According to Bourgeois, writing on the GoFundMe page, both of Chris's legs were broken in the attack, and he will need "a ton of physical therapy" before he can walk again. He goes on to write that Chris wouldn't ask for help on his own, but members of his family were swamped with requests to set up a fundraiser.
"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!"As of this writing, the GoFundMe that Bourgeois set up for Mintz has broken $700,000, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Medical expenses and physical therapy can be tremendously expensive, so hopefully this outpouring of kindness can help repay Chris Mintz a little for the risks he took in trying to stop the UCC killer and help speed his recovery.
If you would like to contribute to Chris Mintz's GoFundMe, the links are available at the top of this article, or immediately below.