Chris Mintz, the Army Veteran Shot During Umpqua Tragedy, Shares First Facebook Message Since the Incident

Chris Mintz is being hailed as a hero by some

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Chris Mintz, the army veteran who was shot seven times while reportedly confronting the Oregon college shooter, shared a Facebook update on Saturday, his first time speaking on social media since the shooting.

“Hope the others injured and their families are doing well, goodnight for me,” Mintz, 30, wrote.

He was in serious condition after being wounded Thursday during the gunman’s rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, his aunt Wanda Kay Mintz previously told PEOPLE.

“He was trying to hold the door and block the gunman,” family member Derek Bourgeois told the New York Times.

The gunman, identified as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer killed nine and wounded nine more, officials said.

Mintz was shot several times through the door, and again after the gunman entered, he told people, according to the Times.

Mintz’s autistic son, Tyrik, turned 6 on Thursday, Mintz’s friend, Kayla Saffell, told PEOPLE.

Confronted by the gunman inside the classroom, Mintz reportedly said he didn’t want to die on his son’s birthday, Saffell said.

He underwent surgery Thursday, Wanda Kay told PEOPLE.

“We’re just so thankful he’s alive; none of the bullets hit any major organs,” she said. “Both his legs were hit and broken. He was shot in the stomach, the back and his hand. One bullet traveled down his spine, and became lodged in his hip. The doctors are just going to leave it there.”

“He was on the wrestling team and he’s done cage-fighting,” aunt Sheila Brown told NBC News, “so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically.”

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