Wrong guy, same heart. Superbad actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse has been receiving a flood of heartfelt tweets since news broke that a man named Chris Mintz stood up to the shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 1.
But though the well-wishes are well-deserved (Mintz, 30, is currently recovering in an Oregon hospital after being shot seven times), Mintz-Plasse wanted to clear up the case of mistaken identity as quickly as possible.
“So much love for the real Chris Mintz,” the Kick-Ass actor tweeted on Friday, Oct. 2, in response to one user, who told him “the whole country is in your corner.”
“The heroic Chris Mintz who was shot yesterday is not me,” Mintz-Plasse, 26, further clarified. “All your tweets are so thoughtful and beautiful, please go find his loved ones.”
This is Chris Mintz, Army veteran, sustained seven shots in Oregon & took down the shooter. Make him famous. pic.twitter.com/RSCFqF8HK0
— Jon Kilmer (@JonKilmer) October 2, 2015
Several helpful fans offered a few ways to reach the Oregon hero, including links to his Facebook and his Twitter handle. Twitter user Jon Kilmer shared a photo of Mintz, with the caption "make him famous."
On Thursday, Mintz, who is an Army veteran and a student at the community college, charged straight at the gunman who burst onto campus and opened fire, killing nine people and injuring at least 10.
“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,’” a witness told ABC News of how Mintz reacted quickly. “He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don’t know what happened to him.”
Mintz’s cousin, Derek Bourgeois, launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the hero’s medical bill.
“During the shooting both of his legs were broken and he is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” Bourgeois wrote on the page. “He is a father, a veteran, a student, and now he’s a hero.”
In a brief interview with ABC News on Friday, Mintz said from the hospital that he just hopes “everyone else is okay.”
“I’m just worried about everyone else,” he said.
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