ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) – The 26-year-old gunman who opened fire on fellow students in his community college English class, killing nine people, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself.
Mintz’s family told WFMY News 2 that when the shooting erupted, he told his classmates to remain calm then went to confront the heavily armed Harper-Mercer, who was later shot and killed in a gun battle with sheriff’s deputies.
A U.S. Army veteran took seven bullets charging the Oregon shooter who killed nine students Thursday.
“(He) tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in”, another aunt, Wanda Mintz, told a CNN affiliate in North Carolina.
“Looks up at the gunman and says, ‘It’s my son’s birthday today, ‘ ” his aunt said. His son, Tyrik, turned 6 on Thursday, she said.
And throughout the four-month trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes, prosecutors repeatedly referred to him as “that guy”, pointing to Holmes seated at the defense table, over angry objections from his attorneys. Quinn Glen Cooper, 18, loved dancing and acting, and at school for his fourth day.
After being transported to the hospital, Mintz spent the major part of Thursday afternoon in surgery.
The gunman then shot Chris two more times.
“I just hope that everyone else is OK”. Army Times was not immediately able to confirm details of Mintz’s service.
He is a student at Umpqua Community College who is taking classes to become a personal trainer, according to his brother. “That’s why I thought there was something – something was up”, she said.
When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, a military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others. “Myself and many family members have been swamped with requests for us to set up a GoFundMe page, so this is us fulfilling that request, and we appreciate your concerns and assistance”. Just shot them. Reporter: Barely six minutes after the first call, police sprinted in right into a gun battle.
He said it’s impossible to identify mentally ill people likely to perpetrate mass shootings ahead of time.
“Seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight”, the post read.
The grandmother of one of the Oregon shooting victims says her granddaughter told her the gunman was singling out students who said they were Christian. He was recuperating Friday at a hospital in Roseburg and was expected to survive.
“I continue to believe that those media and community members who publicise his name will only glorify his horrific actions”.
Mintz sustained gunshot wounds to his upper back, abdomen, left hand and upper and lower leg, according to a Facebook post by Jayme Skinner, the mother of Mintz’s son.