Victims of Oregon shooting fight for their lives

Family members of Chris Mintz and Ana Boylan give an update on their condition on 'The O'Reilly Factor'


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O'REILLY: "Personal Story Segment" tonight, two shooting victims in Oregon fighting for their lives. 30-year-old Chris Mintz was in class at Umpqua Community College when the shooting broke out yesterday. Chris, an army vet charged the gunman, actually charged him, and was shot seven times for his trouble.

Joining us now on the phone Wanda Mintz, Chris' aunt, who spoke to him briefly today as he recovers in the hospital. How is he, Miss Mintz?

WANDA MINTZ, CHRIS MINTZ'S AUNT (via telephone): He sounded very weak and he was in a lot of pain and he wanted to speak to his --

O'REILLY: I understand you spoke to his girlfriend who did get the story from Chris himself. Can you relate that story to us?

MINTZ: Well, Chris was in class and he hears what he knows is gunshot. And he tries to calm people down and goes for the door where he comes face to face with the gunman. He shoots Chris three times. Chris hits the ground, and Chris says "Today is my son's birthday. Please don't do this," and he shot him more multiple times. And Chris tried to crawl away, tried to move but he couldn't move. And that's about all Chris remembers.

O'REILLY: Ok. So he was brave, what did he do in the army, Mrs. Mintz, do you know?

MINTZ: He was an infantryman, and the army was very good to Chris. And I was very proud of him.

O'REILLY: Was he deployed overseas?

MINTZ: No, sir. He was not. He was at Fort Lewis.

O'REILLY: Ok. So he goes and he confronts the gunman and the gunman shoots him but he is still conscious enough to say, listen, it's my son's birthday.


O'REILLY: This was yesterday?


O'REILLY: All right. Please don't kill me and his son is what -- six years old?

MINTZ: Yes, sir.

O'REILLY: Ok. So the gunman doesn't care and continues to shoot him. Now, he has got seven rounds in his body, it's miraculous that he even survived, is it not?

MINTZ: It's a miracle. It's a miracle and did not hit a vital organ. He was in surgery seven hours yesterday and eventually he will have to have more surgery. But he is a walking miracle. But he is young and strong and he took good care of himself.

O'REILLY: Well, he sounds like a very courageous man. All our prayers are with him.

MINTZ: Thank you, sir.

O'REILLY: You must be, you know, this is so sad and so tragic but you must be very proud of Chris.

MINTZ: We're very proud of him but he said I just wanted to do the right thing and he's been raised like. But we're proud of him and we appreciate all the prayers and all the good wishes, sir.

O'REILLY: And if there is anything we can do for the family, including the little boy, the six-year-old, you let us know Mrs. Mintz. Thanks very much.

MINTZ: Thank you, sir. Thank you.


Now, the second personal story joining us on the phone from Roseburg, Oregon, Janet Willis whose granddaughter 18-year-old Ana Boylan was shot in the back. How is she tonight, Mrs. Willis?

JANET WILLIS, GRANDMOTHER OF ANA BOYLAN (via telephone): I received a call this morning saying that she had some sleep last night. They have finished the surgery. And the surgery, they believe, was successful. They were very worried because they didn't know because it went down her spine and into the -- lodged in the bottom area of her spine. They were worried about that.

It looks like the surgery was successful. But she is pretty tired and pretty distraught about all the things that went on.

O'REILLY: Now, she was in class at the time of the shooting?

WILLIS: Yes. Most of the shooting was in one English class. And I think -- I think maybe all of it was. But I'm not certain of that. And I don't know if she was shot first, she had only one shot and it went down her spine as I said, right along the edge of it.

O'REILLY: Right. But there is no sign of paralysis now? She is going to be ok?

WILLIS: They think she will be ok. She is out of surgery. And, you know, it takes a while to find out.

O'REILLY: Sure, sure.

WILLIS: But they believe that they were successful. And I think they have her condition listed as serious. She was life-flighted about 100 miles north of us to the hospital up there.

O'REILLY: That's a good hospital. We talked to them last night and that's a very, very good hospital.

WILLIS: Yes, it is.

O'REILLY: So she is in good hands. What kind of a girl is Ana?

WILLIS: She is a typical teenager -- an 18-year-old. Living life and trying to have a good time and just starting college.

O'REILLY: She is a person who is a fighter. You see, a lot of it has to do with will on this.

WILLIS: Yes. Well, and it was will. And it was the -- and I have to say this it was definitely God was with her because she had -- when she went down, the gunman called to her friend who was on the floor too and said is she still with us? Is that blonde girl still with us? And her friend knew she was but said she wasn't. So he thought she was dead and didn't shoot her again.

O'REILLY: And what happened to the friend?

WILLIS: And the friend, the friend lived through it and I'm not exactly sure what status she is in or if she was shot again or not. I don't -- we haven't been able to get information yet.

O'REILLY: Ok. And Mrs. Willis, you never have to be hesitant about mentioning God on this program.

WILLIS: I know.

O'REILLY: All right. Because all of our prayers are with you and your family and Ana and, you know, we are with you. We believe that, you know, someone surviving something like that certainly God is with them. And --

WILLIS: -- we are so with the people that --whose children did not survive.

O'REILLY: That's right. And these tragedies can never be explained but they are part of the human condition. Mrs. Willis, please give our best to Ana and we appreciate you coming on The Factor tonight.

WILLIS: Thank you very much.

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