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Adam Carlson
October 18, 2015 09:00 AM

Chris Mintz still isn’t sure why he wasn’t shot more.

The Army veteran said in a new statement that he was shot five times by the gunman, during a rampage at Umpqua Community College, in Roseburg, Oregon, that killed nine.

Mintz wrote that he was shot in the left and right legs, the abdomen, the shoulder blade and the left finger, nearly every bullet breaking a bone.

In his first detailed statement about surviving that day, posted on Facebook Friday night, Mintz recounted his confrontation with the gunman outside the classroom at the center of the shooting.

The day, Mintz wrote, “started so normal.”

“He had a black shirt on, a shaved head, was tan and wearing glasses, he was so nonchalant through it all,” Mintz wrote, “like he was playing a video game and showed no emotion.

“The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me. He shot me again while I was on the ground and hit my finger, and said ‘That’s what you get for calling the cops’ and I laid there, in a fetal position unable to move and responded ‘I didn’t call the cops man, they were already on the way.’

“He leaned further out of the classroom and tried to shoot my phone, I yelled, ‘It’s my kids birthday man,’ he pointed the gun right at my face and then he retreated back into the class. I’m still confused at why he didn’t shoot me again.”

Mintz described the severity of his wounds: “My legs felt like ice, like they didn’t exist, until I tried to move. When I moved pain shot through me like a bomb going off.”

And he described the moments after the shooting ended.

“A friend came out of the classroom and kneeled down beside me, traumatized and crying,” Mintz wrote. “I think she tried to pray with me, the only thing I could say was ‘It’s my son s birthday, please call my son’s mom and tell her, I can’t pick him up from school today.’ ”

She wasn’t the only friend he saw after the shooting.

“An EMT I am friends with was one of the first responders on the scene,” Mintz wrote. “I looked up and saw him walk up to the classroom door and said ‘hey buddy’ he looked at me and responded ‘hey.’ When I saw him, I KNEW WE WERE ALL GOING TO BE OK.”

Chris Mintz is recovering from surgery after being shot seven times
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Mintz was heralded following the shooting, which also injured nine.

His son, Tyrik, had turned 6 that same day (Oct. 1) and family member Derek Bourgeois told The New York Times that Mintz “was trying to hold the door and block the gunman.”

What Mintz described instead in his Friday statement was a spontaneous effort to warn many people at the school about the shooting.

He wrote that he was in a nearby classroom when the shooting started, and as everyone ran for safety, he went to the library and then across campus, warning people.

Eventually, he wrote, he made his way back to gunman.

He wrote that as he heard the approaching sirens, he yelled to someone nearby to tell the police where they were. Then the gunman appeared from inside the classroom next door and begin to fire at him.

Mintz, who wrote that he is “recovering well,” is the latest victim of the shooting to release a recounting of events.

The nine people killed in the shooting have been identified by officials as Lucero Alcaraz, Treven Anspach, Rebecka Carnes, Quinn Cooper, Kim Dietz, Lucas Eibel, Larry Levine, Jason Johnson and Sarena Dawn Moore.

“I want to apologize to any person, family, or anyone effected if this statement hurts them,” Mintz wrote. “I have hesitated to put it out for that reason. This is how I remember it. I knew this would be a painful piece for a lot of people, and it bothers me to bring the pain to others.

“I have to thank all the people who responded and everyone in the hospitals. THEY are the real [heroes], they saved us.”

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