Chris Mintz, a 30-year-old military veteran and amateur MMA fighter with a 1-1 record per Sherdog, is being credited with heroic acts during yesterday's school shooting in Oregon.
Pastor Dennis Kreiss gave an account of Mintz's actions to People magazine.
"He told all the students in his class to get to a safer place," he says. "He went outside of the classroom and stood by the door to make sure the shooter didn't come in. When the shooter came out of the classroom he confronted him and said, 'You aren't getting by me' and at that point the shooter shot him five times and the shooter moved on and apparently didn't go in that classroom. I applaud the guy's heroism. He may have saved the people in the classroom. Many people are depraved in our society and he was ready to lay down his life for his friends."
His aunt credited his MMA and wrestling background in an interview with NBC.
"He was on the wrestling team and and he's done cage-fighting so it does not surprise me that he would act heroically," said Sheila Brown.
Mintz, whose son turned 6 yesterday, was shot in the back, abdomen and hands but survived the shooting.