Amidst a shooting in Roseburg, Oregon that took the lives of 10 people and was specifically targeted at Christians, heroes emerged.
One of those heroes was Chris Mintz, an Army vet badly injured by the gunman, who according to Fox News revealed more details on his Facebook page of that heartbreaking day.
Mintz started taking charge right away, helping evacuate the community college's library.
Mintz wrote, “I ran in and told everyone they needed to leave and go to the other side of the campus. I ran through the book aisles while yelling and pushed the emergency exits … open and ran through them and back down towards Snyder Hall.”
He ran outside and yelled at unsuspecting people to get out of the area before he returned to the classrooms to confront the gunman.
He continues, ” I got to a classroom and looked into the door because it had a glass slate. A guy that was farther away and hiding behind cars startled me and yelled, ‘Don’t man, he’s going to shoot you, man.’”
Despite the danger, Mintz moved further in and found a female student screaming and covered in blood. As Mintz yelled for help, he came face-to-face with the shooter.
“He leaned half of his torso out (of a classroom) and started shooting as I turned toward him. He was so nonchalant through it all, like he was playing a video game and showed no emotion.”
The gunman shot Mintz multiple times saying, “That’s what you get for calling the cops."
Mintz described the feeling of getting shot: “The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me.... When I moved, pain shot through me like a bomb going off."
That's when other heroes emerged. Police officers rushed into the building to take control of the situation, and surrounded, the shooter turned his gun on himself.
A sobbing female friend of Mintz knelt next to him and, he believes at that moment, prayed for him.
Mintz also thanked the first responders and hospital workers who kept the many injured students alive.
“They are the real heroes, they saved us.”
Mintz says he is recovering well and is thankful for everyone's prayers. The GoFundMe page his cousin setup for him with the goal of raising $10,000 for the Army veteran's medical expenses has garnered over $810,000 from around 24,000 well-wishers. Some of the money has already been donated to a relief fund for the other victims.