UCC Shooting Survivor Chris Mintz, who reportedly rushed the shooter trying to protect others getting shot seven times in the process, now has a GoFundMe campaign created for his benefit. The active campaign has apparently been established by Mintz’s cousin, Derek Bourgeois, and has raised over $540,000 in less than 24 hours (and rising).
The crowdfunding campaign set a funding goal of just $10,000. As of this writing over 16,700 individuals have contributed to the GoFundMe initiative. All of the proceeds are said to directly go to Mintz to assist in his recovery. As widely reported, both Mintz’s legs were broken during the attack and he will require an extended recovery period to rehabilitate and learn to walk again. Mintz, interested in mixed martial arts, wanted to become a personal trainer.
Chris Harper-Mercer, a 26-year-old student, enrolled at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, showed up at the school yesterday and opened fire killing nine individuals ranging in age from 18 to 67. CNN reported that Harper-Mercer had 13 firearms associated with his name, five handguns, and one rifle was discovered at the college. Harper-Mercer is said to have singled out Christians and shot people at point blank range.
Chris Mintz, a military veteran having served in the Army from 2004 to 2007 and father of a young autistic child, Mintz was in a classroom when Harper-Mercer attempted to burst in. After the shooter had broken through the door, Mintz informed the gunmen it was his sons 6th birthday and the gunmen shot him again.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Mintz “was worried about paying his medical bills, but was glad to be alive”. It appears the medical bills may no longer be an issue due to the outpouring of donations on GoFundMe.
The Mintz GoFundMe campaign has already been shared over 60,000 times via Twitter and Facebook. Many of the GoFundMe donations are anonymous with the majority being relatively small. More than a dozen individuals have contributed over $1000 to aid in Mintz’s recovery.
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