Stories of Heroes Emerge In Wake Of Oregon College Shooting
Amidst of the grisly details of a mass shooting that targeted Christians and resulted in the deaths of 10 people and injured 7 more at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, there are stories of heroes — one, an Army Vet who charged at the gunman, another a teacher who evacuated numerous students as gunshots ripped through the classroom next door, and another an armed Air Force veteran who rushed to the scene but was barred entry by school staff.
According to ABC News, Army veteran Chris Mintz, 30, is a student at the university who was shot 7 times after charging the gunman.
Hannah Miles, a witness to the incident, said Mintz helped first evacuate people by pulling alarms, yelling at people to leave, and physically grabbing them to get them out of harm's way.
Mintz added, "He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don't know what happened to him."
According to The Daily Beast, Mintz found the gunman and charged straight at him in an effort to stop him. He was hit five times. Other accounts talk about him physically blocking the gunman's way into a classroom.
Witnesses relate that while lying injured on the ground, Mintz said, "It’s my son’s birthday, it’s my son’s birthday."
Mintz has a 6-year-old son named Tyrik. According to Fox News, Mintz's aunt Wanda said his plea was met by two more shots by the guman.
"He could have very easily died. I really think that if he wasn't such a strong, young guy, he may have died," Wanda Mintz said.
The bullets broke both of Mintz's legs and hit him in other areas but incredibly missed all vital organs. Mintz's cousin started a GoFundMe page to help with medical bills.
According to USA Today, Student Hannah Miles, 19, related an account of her teacher, Amy Fair, investigating the loud noises coming from the next classroom, then rushing back to clear out all of her students. She then went throughout the building knocking on doors and windows and getting more people out of the area.
Miles said, “I think she saved us. She saved us all.”
But some heroes were barred from helping out. According to Breitbart, Air Force veteran John Parker, 36, spoke with Fox News' Sean Hannity about his account of the incident.
Parker and other veterans were only 200 yards away from the shooting at a campus veteran center when they rushed toward the sounds, but school staffed refused to let them on the scene, even though Parker was armed.
The Huffington Post reports that Parker then told a police officer that he had a concealed weapon and wanted to help.
Parker relates, "I told the officer about the gun on my hip. He searched me, took the gun, escorted me back to my car and gave me my gun back and told me to have a nice day."