Nearly three weeks after the Umpqua Community College shooting incident, Chris Mintz, the hero of the shooting incident, has posted a detailed account of the incident in a lengthy Facebook post. Mintz, an army veteran, is still recovering from injuries he sustained in the shooting, but has been active on Facebook and keeps on posting regular updates about his recovery and progress. On October 16, he posted a status on Facebook that gave a detailed account of the incident that happened on that fateful October 1 morning, ABC News reports.
In the detailed account, he recalls the gunman, Chris Harper-Mercer, as an emotionless individual who acted like he was playing a video game as he went about shooting people in the campus. By the time he was done, nine people were killed and several others injured. The total death toll rose to 10 after Chris Harper-Mercer turned the gun on himself and shot himself dead inside a classroom. Chris Mintz was shot at five times by the gunman but managed to survive the horrific incident.
Recalling the shooting, Chris described the day of the shooting to be just another normal working day at Umpqua Community College. Mintz was inside a classroom when the first signs of trouble were heard in the form of the sound of gunshots and yelling emanating from a nearby classroom. For a few seconds, everyone thought that it was just some firecrackers going off. Seconds later, Chris realized that there was an active shooter in the college campus and asked everyone in his class to run for their safety. He held the classroom door open and was the last one to leave his classroom. While running away from the classroom, he even collided with another student and fell down. Seconds later, a co-worker yelled at people to let other people in the campus know about the active shooter. Mintz told her, “I would do it” and ran out to tell people in other areas of the campus to leave the premises immediately. He also recalls telling a girl who had just entered the campus to escape as there was an active shooter in the vicinity.
Now, instead of thinking of his own safety, Chris decided to run back to the classroom where he thought the gunman was and entered it. He saw several students in the class injured. At first he saw just one girl who he described was “covered in blood” and was screaming.
“I nudged the door closed, I could only see one of the students through the door, she was screaming and yelling and covered in blood. All of a sudden the shooter opened the classroom door beside the door to my left, he leaned half of his torso out and started shooting as I turned toward him.”
It is at this point that Chris describes the total nonchalant way in which the shooter went about killing innocent people. He thought the gunman acted like he was just playing a video game. Seconds later, he was shot several times by the gunman from close range. The first shot caused Chris to fall to the ground after which four other shots were fired at him. The gunman thought Chris was the one who had called the cops and even told him, “That’s what you get for calling the cops”
Chris told the gunman that he did not call the cops and that they were already on their way. He also told the gunman that it was his son’s birthday — to which he pointed the gun at Chris’ face. However, for some reason, he didn’t pull the trigger and then quickly ran away.
“I’m still confused at why he didn’t shoot me again,” he wrote.
Mintz lay there in a pool of blood, injured, even as several others in the classroom ran out of the classroom. Several students were screaming, crying and covered in blood. He was also in a lot of pain.
Later, he was approached by a police officer even as the sound of gunfire continued to be heard. By the time a second officer approached him, the sound of gunfire had stopped. He was later quickly taken in by emergency services and taken to a hospital for treatment.
Towards the end of the post, Chris Mintz has also apologized to the families of the victims who might be badly affected by this statement that details the incident in such detail.
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(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images| Chris Mintz, Facebook)