She said that Mintz was shot seven times and had been in surgery since the shooting that left 10 dead, including the gunman.
“I’m just so happy that he’s OK”, Bourgeois said.
Skarlatos gained fame when he helped subdue a man who boarded a train with a rifle, a pistol and a box cutter.
“It was a great, great shock”, his aunt said.
One of his aunts, Angela Galvan-Cruz of Asheboro, said Chris had talked to his father in Randleman twice as of Friday afternoon. Early reports about Mintz’s heroic efforts have conflicted, with a few news sources reporting he had been shot seven times, while others reported five gunshots.
Bobby Mintz is heading this weekend to Roseburg, Ore., to be with his wounded son, who’s being described as a hero for his actions during Thursday’s tragic shooting episode at Umpgua Community College.
A cousin who spoke with Mitz on Thursday night said he “wishes he could have saved more people”.
But Mr. Mintz is far from the only veteran taking classes at the community college at Thursday’s shooting.
She says: “He was a typical Roseburg kid, kinda nerdy, kinda out there”. 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.
Bourgeois was somewhat amazed that a guy who survived a combat deployment without serious injury had come so close to being killed in a small Oregon town not unlike the one in North Carolina where they grew up together.
Alex Frier, stage manager for plays at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College, says Christopher Harper-Mercer was a production assistant responsible for building sets last semester. “Seems like the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight”. In another post, he discussed Vester Lee Flanagan, the shooter who gunned down two Virginia journalists on live TV in August. He says investigators will release details on the number and types of weapons later Friday.