- The Washington Times - Friday, October 2, 2015

Chris Mintz, the Army veteran and Umpqua Community College student who charged the shooter at the Oregon college, is awake and recovering at a hospital after having seven bullets removed from his body. 

“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” Mr. Mintz, 30, told ABC News on Friday morning. “I’m just worried about everyone else.” 

Nine people were killed and seven, including Mr. Mintz, were injured in the shooting rampage at the community college campus in Roseburg, Oregon. The accused gunman, Chris Harper Mercer, 26, died by suicide during a shootout with police.

Witnesses said Mr. Mintz heroically defended other students during the attack, alerting others and charging back into the line of fire. 

“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms, and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,’ ” witness Hannah Miles told ABC. 

“He actually ran back toward the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building, and I don’t know what happened to him,” she said of Mr. Mintz.

Mr. Mintz’s cousin, Derek Bourgeois has launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for Mr. Mintz’s medical bills. 

“During the shooting both of his legs were broken and he is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” Mr. Bourgeois wrote on the GoFundMe page. 

So far the page has raised over $82,000, far exceeding the $10,000 goal. 

But Mr. Mintz is far from the only veteran taking classes at the community college at Thursday’s shooting. 

Umpqua’s interim president, Rita Cavin, expressed concern for the military subset of the student body who have been particularly affected by Thursday’s attack. 

“The ones that were shot, that’s one level of trauma,” she said at a news conference Thursday. “There’s psychological trauma; we have veterans with PTSD on our campus. They had a particularly bad day.”

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