“The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me,” wrote Chris Mintz in his first public account of being shot five times during the deadly rampage at an Oregon community college while trying to warn fellow students to take cover.
Mintz, a 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran who has been hailed as a hero for his selflessness during the attack at Umpqua Community College in the town of Roseburg, described shooter Chris Harper-Mercer as emotionless.
He was “nonchalant through it all, like he was playing a video game,” Mintz wrote on his Facebook page about the Oct. 1 massacre.
Harper-Mercer, 26, killed nine people before being shot by police then killing himself in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in two years.
“It started so normal, the day that is,” Mintz wrote in a graphic, blow-by-blow account of the minutes before and after the shooting. He said his writing teacher was reviewing assignments with students when they heard yelling from the classroom next door.
“We all got up and took off out of the classroom and I stopped and held the door open and waited for everyone to leave safely. We all took off running down the breezeway toward the library,” the posting late on Friday read. “A counselor kept screaming that someone needed to tell the people in the library, and I told her id do it,” he wrote.
Mintz described running through the library warning people, then heading back toward Snyder Hall, where shots had been fired.
Mintz wrote that he looked through a classroom door but did not know where the shooter was. He told a screaming, injured student and other people to stay down.
“There was so much blood and it was so dark,” he wrote.
Mintz said he put his back against a classroom door and yelled to a man in the parking lot to call the police.
“All of a sudden, the shooter opened the classroom door beside the door to my left, he leaned half of his torso out and started shooting as I turned toward him,” Mintz wrote.
“He shot me again while I was on the ground and hit my finger,” Mintz wrote. He said the shooter blamed him for calling the police, and tried to shoot his phone.
“I yelled ‘its 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.
“I tried to push myself back against the classroom door but I couldn’t move at all. My legs felt like ice, like they didn’t exist, until I tried to move.”
Mintz, who apologized to any families of the victims or survivors who may have been upset by his account, also thanked first responders and hospital staff who treated the wounded.
“THEY are the real heros, they saved us,” he wrote.
‘Clear and present racism’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe and Mika say Kellyanne Conway should have been ‘fired on the spot’ for slurring reporter
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were astonished by Kellyanne Conway's response to a reporter asking about President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four first-year lawmakers.
The White House senior adviser asked Breakfast Media White House correspondent Andrew Feinberg, who is Jewish, about his ethnicity after he asked Conway what countries Trump was telling the Democratic congresswomen to return.
"I won't draw any parallels with any fascist countries, but what happened yesterday in a press gaggle has nothing to do with the United States of America," Scarborough said, "and in any other administration over the past 240 years, a person that did what Kellyanne Conway did yesterday would have been fired on the spot. By the time she left the press gaggle and went back into the White House, they would have already packed up her belongings and would have told her leave by the back door and never talk to us again."
Elon Musk shows off progress on brain-machine interface
Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late Tuesday revealed his secretive Neuralink startup is making progress on an interface linking brains with computers, and said they hope to begin testing on people next year.
Musk has long contended that a neural lace meshing minds with machines is vital if people are going to avoid being so outpaced by artificial intelligence that, under the best of circumstances, humans would be akin to "house cats."
Musk and members of the Neuralink team laid out progress they have made on their mission at an event held in San Francisco to recruit talent in software, robotics, neuroscience and more.
Two Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised as national Democratic offensive kicks off in Texas
Two potentially vulnerable Texas Republicans in Congress were outraised — and a few others saw seriously funded challengers — as the first major fundraising deadline passed in a cycle where national Democrats have built an expansive battlefield here, targeting six seats.
In the second quarter, Rep. Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, fell short of Democratic challenger Sri Preston Kulkarni, $378,000 to $421,000. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, raised less than Democratic opponent Kim Olson, $225,000 to $279,000, before making a large loan to his campaign. And a few other GOP incumbents posted strong numbers — but so did Democrats running to unseat them, in a couple cases outpacing the officeholders after they entered the race mid-fundraising cycle.