Hero emerges from Oregon college shooting

Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 1:55 PM EDT

Heroes and survivors are emerging from Thursday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon that killed 10, including the gunman, and critically injured seven others, reports CBS News correspondent Mireya Villareal.

According to his family, Chris Mintz didn't run away from the gunfire. The army veteran charged towards the gunman instead, trying to protect his classmates.

"Tries to block the door to keep the gunman from coming in, gets shot three times, hits the floor, looks up at gunman and says, 'it's my son's birthday today,' gets shot two more times," said his aunt, Wanta Mintz.

Mintz survived the shooting -- but spent most of the day in surgery.

"His vital signs are okay. He's going to have to learn to walk again but he walked away with his life and that's more than so many other people did," said his cousin, Ariana Earnhardt.

According to Army records, Mintz served from October 2004 to March 2007 in the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade and the 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis (Joint Base Lewis-McChord), Washington. Records show he earned numerous awards, including a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Student Anastasia Bboylan also survived the shooting but is in critical condition, after a bullet passed near her spine. Her family told CBS News she has movement in her legs.

All shooting victims were initially brought to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg. Three female patients were then tranposrted north to another hospital in Springfield.

Students and community members of the small town gathered at a candlelight vigil for the victims Thursday night, and were still visibly shaken.

"I heard a couple loud noises, our whole class heard them," said Angel Ardito.

"I didn't hear any gunshots, I heard screaming," said Hannah Lee.