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Story highlights

NEW: Chris Mintz, shot several times, is out of surgery and recovering

Mintz tried to block the door to keep the gunman out, he was shot several times

Cousin: "He walked away with his life"

(CNN) —  

When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.

Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.

Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.

Oregon shooting hero Chris Mintz
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Oregon shooting hero Chris Mintz

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