Once again there’s been a tragic shooting at a school in the US.
Chris Harper Mercer shot and killed 10 innocent people and injured at least seven others at Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday morning. He was shot and killed by police.
But in times like this, people always focus on the killer, giving them the fame and notoriety they desire rather than the heroes who helped save lives.
Like Chris Mintz, a 30-year-old student and army veteran who charged the gunman to try and save others, getting shot at least five times in the process, The Daily Beast reports.
And he did this on his son Tyrik’s sixth birthday. As he lay wounded on the ground he is reported to have said, “It’s my son’s birthday, it’s my son’s birthday,” repeatedly.
When speaking to The Daily Beast, Mintz’s cousin Derek Bourgeois expressed astonishment that someone could survive combat deployment without serious injury, to be shot in a small Oregon town. He wasn’t surprised by cousin’s heroism, though, saying “It sounds like something he would do”.
There was also a student who was a nurse at the scene, taking care of the injured. She administered CPR and held Mintz’s hand and prayed while waiting for the paramedics.
Mintz underwent surgery, and is looking set to recover: “From what I’m hearing, he’s fine,” his cousin said. “But he’s going to have to learn to walk again.”
Our thoughts go out to the victim’s friends and families, and anyone else affected by this terrible tragedy.