Chris Mintz had run through campus trying to warn students that a gunman had opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon when, unwittingly, he came face-to-face with the killer.
After discovering wounded victims, Mintz had just yelled for someone to tell the police where they were when the gunman, Christopher Harper-Mercer, opened a classroom door and shot Mintz nonchalantly, "like he was playing a video game," Mintz said in a post on his Facebook page.
"The shots knocked me to the ground and felt like a truck hit me," Mintz, 30, wrote Friday in his account of the Oct. 1 shooting that left nine dead, plus the shooter, and another nine injured. "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.' "
Mintz, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, was shot five times. He has been publicly hailed as a hero after some media accounts described his actions as rushing the shooter.
"I never claimed to be a hero," Mintz wrote in a follow-up post Saturday. "I'm just a regular guy."
After the gunman first shot him outside the classroom, Mintz said, he curled into a fetal position. The gunman shot Mintz's finger and blamed him for calling the police, Mintz said, adding that he told the gunman, "I didn't call the cops man, they were already on the way."
The gunman then tried to shoot Mintz's phone, wrote Mintz, who said he told the gunman, "It's my kid's birthday, man."
His son had just turned 6.
The gunman pointed his gun at Mintz's face but didn't fire, then retreated into the classroom.
"I'm still confused at why he didn't shoot me again," Mintz wrote.
The gunman killed himself after being wounded by police.