Ed Morrissey at Hot Air writes about a man whose courage defies belief:
Law enforcement officials have already refused to say the name of the dead perpetrator of yesterday’ shooting massacre in Oregon. Why not, the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly proposes, talk about the hero rather than the zero?
Forget the 26-year-old zero who murdered 10 innocents at Umpqua Community College on Thursday morning.
The one to remember is 30-year-old Chris Mintz, the student and Army vet who was shot at least five times while charging straight at the gunman in an effort to save others.
Mintz did so on the sixth birthday of his son, Tyrik.
“It’s my son’s birthday, it’s my son’s birthday,” he was heard saying as he lay wounded.
Mintz moved to Oregon to get accreditation as a fitness trainer. Fortunate to be alive, he will instead have to focus on rebuilding his own body; both legs are broken, and he will have to spend months in rehabilitation. Mintz has recovered well enough to speak about the shooting with ABC News, telling people to worry more about the other victims:
Chris Mintz, 30, was shot seven times during the Thursday rampage, but he says his main concern is about the others who were injured.
“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” he told ABC News this morning.
“I’m just worried about everyone else.”
Mintz was not just a person at the wrong place at the wrong time. He heard the gunfire and ran toward the danger, while urging others to run in the opposite direction:
“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 News.
“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,” she said of Mintz.
According to witnesses, Mintz told the gunman that it was his son’s birthday after getting shot three times. The gunman responded by shooting him twice more, but couldn’t kill Mintz. His cousin has started a GoFundMe project to help Mintz recover from his wounds, and it has already met its modest target of $10,000. Over the next few days, don’t be surprised to see it head into six figures.
Go here to read the rest. He makes me proud that I at one time also wore Army green.