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AnArmyveteranwhoranfrom buildingtobuildingtowarnfel- lowcollegestudentsthatagun- manwaslooseontheirOregon campushaspostedhisstoryon Facebook,describingbeingshot byamanwhoacted“likehewas playingavideogameandshowed noemotion. ” ChrisMintz,whohasbeen creditedwithhelpingtosaveoth- erUmpquaCommunityCollege students,wasshot fi vetimesand isrecovering.Nineofhisclass- mateswerekilledduringtheOct. 1shootingrampageandnine morewereinjured.Thegunman, ChrisHarperMercer,killedhim- selfaspoliceclosedin. “Theshotsknockedmetothe groundandfeltlikeatruckhit me, ” Mintz,30,wroteinaFace- bookpostdatedThursday.“He shotmeagainwhileIwasonthe groundandhitmy fi nger,and said,‘That’swhatyougetforcall- ingthecops.’ ” Atonepoint,thegunman pointedhisweaponatMintz’s face.“Heleanedfurtheroutof theclassroomandtriedtoshoot myphone, ” Mintzwrote.“Iyelled ‘It’smykid’sbirthday,man.’He pointedthegunrightatmyface andthenheretreatedbackinto theclass.I’mstillconfusedatwhy hedidn’tshootmeagain. ” Mintzsaidhebegantoseepo- liceo cerscomingtowardhim ashelayimmobilizedbypain.He saidhewasthinkingofhis6- year-oldson,Tyrik. “Afriendcameoutoftheclass- roomandkneeleddownbeside me,traumatizedandcrying, ” he wrote.“Ithinkshetriedtopray withme.TheonlythingIcould saywas,‘It’smyson’sbirthday, pleasecallmyson’smomandtell herIcan’tpickhimupfrom schooltoday.’ ” Mintzsaidhewasinhiswrit- ingclasswhengun fi rebrokeout andthestudentstooko running outofthebuilding. “Acounselorkeptscreaming thatsomeoneneededtotellthe peopleinthelibrary,andItold herI’ddoit, ” Mintzwrote.“Iran inandtoldeveryonetheyneeded toleaveandgototheotherside ofthecampus....Iranbackto- wardsSnyder(Hall)andpeople acrosscampuswerewalking aroundlikenothingwasgoingon, soIcontinuedyellingatthemto getoutofthere....Isawayoung girlwhoseemedtojustbeshow- inguptoschoolandIyelledat her,‘Youcan’tbehere,there’s somebodyshooting,youneedto leave.’Herface,itchanged,she seemedsoscared. ” Mintzsaidhethenstarted makinghiswaytowarda classroom. “Igottoaclassroomand lookedintothedoorbecauseit hadaglassslate, ” hewrote.“A guythatwasfurtherawayand hidingbehindcarsstartledme andyelled,‘Don’tman,he’sgoing toshootyouman.’Isteppedback alittlebitandnoticedalady’s footwedgedinthedoor....There wassomuchbloodanditwasso dark. ” Mintzsaidhenudgedthedoor closed. “Icouldonlyseeoneofthe studentsthroughthedoor,she wasscreaming,andyellingand coveredinblood, ” hewrote.“I heardthesirenscomingdown andyelledtotheguyinthepark- inglot,‘Youneedtogogetthe cops,tellthemwherewe’reat.’ Hecouldn’thearmesoIhadto repeatitafewtimes.Allofasud- den,theshooteropenedthe classroomdoorbesidethedoorto myleft,heleanedhalfofhistorso outandstartedshootingasI turnedtowardhim. ” Mintzwrotethathedecidedto tellhisstoryonFacebookbe- cause“I’mnotdoingthisforpub- licityandIdon’twantanymedia outlettoalteritinanyway. ” “Thisisn’taboutpolitics,this isn’taboutme,thisisabouta communityhealing, ” hewrote.“I amsohappywithhowthecom- munityhasbondedandsupport- edeveryoneduringthishealing. ” Hesaidtherealheroesarethe fi rstrespondersandthedoctors andnursesatthehospital.“They savedus, ” hewrote. Mintzsaidhewasshotinthe leftleg,whichbrokehisfemur. Healsowasshotintherightleg, whichbrokehistibiaand fi bula. Onebulletpiercedhisabdomen andexitedthroughhisrighthip. Anotherbulletstruckthetopof hisshoulderbladeandisstill lodgedinhisback.Hesaidit missedhisaortabyaboutaninch. Hisleftring fi ngeralsowasshat- teredbyabullet. “Iamrecoveringwelland thankeveryonefortheirthoughts andprayers, ” hewrote. FAMILYPHOTO Herosaw‘noemotion’ ineyesofOregonmasskiller VetsharesstoryofsurvivingcollegeshootingonFacebook ErinKelly USATODAY “TheonlythingIcouldsaywas, ‘It’smyson’sbirthday,please callmyson’smomandtellherI can’tpickhimupfromschool.’ ” ChrisMintz, whowasshot fi vetimes multiculturalistthatwedon’t havethecommonsensetosee thatwe’reruiningourcountry. Instead,weletcitiespat(undocu- mentedimmigrants)ontheback, andhereweare. ” Defendersofsanctuarycities worryaboutanationaloverreac- tiontotheshootinginSanFran- cisco.SamLiccardo,Democratic mayorofnearbySanJose,said communitiesshouldusethe shootingasanopportunitytore- viewtheirsanctuarypolicies.He worriesthatcitiescouldpassex- tremelawsthathurtall immigrants. “Innovativeregionsofthe worlddependonambitious,cre- ativepeoplewhocomefromoth- erpartsoftheworldto contributetooureconomy, ” said Liccardo,aformerprosecutor whosecityisintheheartofSili- conValley.“Ithinkcitiesthatbe- comeviewedashostiletoward immigrantswillultimatelybe forcedtorethinktheirapproach. ” Sanctuarycitiesstartedpop- pingupinresponsetoafederal programthatuseslocallawen- forcementtohelpidentifyundoc- umentedimmigrants. Peoplearrestedonlocal chargesandbookedintojails havetheir fi ngerprintssentto theDepartmentofHomelandSe- curitytocheckforimmigration violations.Ifonepopsup,Immi- grationandCustomsEnforce- ment(ICE)agentscouldask policetoholdthesuspectforsev- eraldaystogiveagentstimeto pickupthepersonandbeginde- portationproceedings. Somecity,countyandstateof- fi cialscomplainedthatthepro- gramwasbeingabusedbyICEto rounduppeoplearrestedfor non-violent,minorcrimes.That ledtocitypoliciesthatlimitlocal o cials,includingpolice,from assistingICEinthosee orts. Morethan300communities haveadoptedthosepolicies.ICE arguedthatpotentiallydangerous immigrantsweresetfree.In April,theSanFranciscoSheri ’s DepartmentreleasedFrancisco Sanchezdespiteacriminalrecord thatincludedsevenfelonycon- victions—non-violentdrugand immigrationo enses.Three monthslater,policeallege,he shotSteinlealongapierpacked withtourists.Heischargedwith murder. Manysanctuarycitypolicies, includingSanFrancisco’s,allow policetoholdsomeoneforICEif thesuspecthasanextensiveor violentcriminalhistory.San FranciscoSheri RossMirkarimi saidhiso cefollowedcitypolicy. Severalcitiesandcountiesre- viewedtheirpoliciesafterthe shootinganddecidedagainstany changes.Some,suchasSantaCla- raCounty,Calif.,areconsidering clarifyingtherulestoprotect mostundocumentedimmigrants butensurethatthosewithviolent criminalrecordsarehandedover toICE. Otherjurisdictionswanttodo more.“Asafatheroftwochil- dren,Icouldonlyimaginehow thatfelt, ” saidMikeKowall,aRe- publicanstatesenatorfrom WhiteLake,Mich.“Thefactthat thisfellowwaslockedupandob- viouslytherewereotherwarrants forhim,buthewasn’tturned overtoICEtosortitallout,it wasreallydisturbing. ” Kowall fi ledabillthatwould prohibitanygovernmentagency inthestatefromenactingsanctu- arypolicies.Thebillismoving throughtheMichiganLegisla- ture,andKowallsaidhehas enoughsupporttogetitpassed thisyear. LOCALLAWSTHAT PROTECTIMMIGRANTS GETASECONDLOOK v CONTINUEDFROM1B MICHAELREYNOLDS,EUROPEANPRESSPHOTOAGENCY Acongressionalsta erdisplaysaportraitofKathrynSteinle, whowasfatallyshotinbroaddaylightinSanFrancisco. 2B E3 USATODAY — DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE SUNDAY,OCTOBER18,2015 spreadtootherpeople.Repeated useofantibioticspromotes growthofantibiotic-resistantbac- teria.Takingantibioticsforail- mentsthedrugsweren’tmadeto treatcontributestoantibiotic resistance. Antibioticsalsowipeouta body’sgoodinfection- fi ghting bacteriaalongwiththebad.When thatoccurs,suchinfectionsas Clostridiumdi cilecangetoutof control.C.di .leadstoserious diarrheathateachyearputs 250,000peopleinthehospital andkills15,000.Ifprecautions aren’ttaken,theinfectionscan spreadinhospitalsandnursing homes. Healthcarefacilitiesalready haveinfection-controlprocedures inplace,suchasprovidingprivate roomsandtoiletsforinfectedin- dividuals.Still,theCDCispushing themtodomoreontheprescrib- ingside,advisingnursinghomes totrackhowmanyandwhatanti- bioticstheyprescribemonthly andwhattheoutcomeswerefor patients,includinganysideef- fects.Otherrecommendationsin- cludeplacingsomeoneincharge ofantibioticspoliciesandtraining othersta infollowingthem. Someofthesuggestionscould challengenursinghomes’culture andhowsta s,residentsandfam- iliesinteract.Whileresidentsand sta areamongthemostatrisk forthe fl u,annualshotsaren’t mandatory.Nordohomesalways trackwhogetsthem. That’schangingatEvangelical LutheranGoodSamaritanSociety ,anonpro fi tthato erssenior careservicesinmanystates.It willcollectdataonvaccinationsat oneofits167nursinghomesand sharetheresultswithother homes,saidVictoriaWalker,chief medicalo cer. Butbetterhandlingofantibiot- icsinnursinghomesalsorequires tactfulcommunicationwithresi- dents’familiesandnursinghome doctorsaccustomedtotreating antibioticsasadefault. “There’sarealfearofunder- treatmentandthatitisbetterto erronthesafeside,andthat meanstreatingwithantibiotics butforgettingaboutalltheharms. Butgivingantibioticscanbejust asharmfulasnot, ” saidWalker. Familymembersmaypushfor anantibiotictreatmentwhenthey visitalovedoneinanursing homewhoseemssick,evenifthey don’tknowpreciselywhat’s wrong.Doctorsandnursesmay goalongbecausetheydon’tknow eitherandit’seasiertotreatthan not.“Thefamilywillcheckinand askwhatthedoctordidandthe nursewillsay‘nothing’because theydon’tseemonitoringasdo- inganything, ” saidDavidNace,di- rectoroflong-termcareatthe UniversityofPittsburgh,who contributedtotheCDCguide- lines.“Practitionersareguiltyof saying,‘it’sjustanantibiotic’…We don’tappreciatetherealthreat, ” hesaid. Inadditiontofosteringantibi- oticresistantbacteriaandcausing C.di infections,antibioticscan produceallergicreactionsandin- terferewithotherdrugsanursing homeresidentistaking.Those risksaren’talwaysfullyconsid- ered,saysChristopherCrnich,a hospitalepidemiologistatWilliam S.MiddletonVeteransHospitalin Madison,Wis. “Badantibiotice ectsdon’t comeuntilweeksormonthslater, andfranklyallwe(prescribers) seeistheupsidewhenwe’redeal- ingwithasickmomordad, ” Crnichsaid. KaiserHealthNewsisaneditorially independentprogramoftheKaiser FamilyFoundation. Communicationwith familiescanbeakey v CONTINUEDFROM1B “There’sareal fearof under-treatment ...Butgiving antibioticscanbe justasharmfulas not. ” VictoriaWalker ,chief medicalo cer,EvangelicalLutheran GoodSamaritanSociety FourPalestinianswereshot andkilledbyIsraelisonSaturday inseparatestabbingincidentsin JerusalemandtheWestBankin thelatestinamonth-longup- surgeinviolentconfrontations. Policesaido cersshotand killeda16-year-oldPalestinian whoallegedlytriedtostabthem aftertheystoppedhimtoaskfor identi fi cationinJerusalem. IntheWestBanktownofHe- bron,anIsraelipedestrianshot andkilledaPalestinianhesaid hadtriedtostabhim,according toIsrael’smilitary,theAssociat- edPressreported.APalestinian highschoolgirl,allegedtohave witnessedtheincident,saidit tookplacewhenJewishsettlers attackedanunarmedPalestinian, thegirl’sfathertoldReuters. InaseparateattackinHebron, afemaleo cerfatallyshotaPal- estinianwomanwhoallegedly stabbedherataborderpolice baseinHebron.Theo cersuf- feredonlyminorinjuries. Later,yetanotherassailant triedtostabapolicemanonthe outskirtsofJerusalem,theAPre- ported.Theassailantwasshot andwounded.Policesaidwhen ano certriedtotreattheat- tacker,hedrewasecondknifeto attackhim.Hewasshotand killed. Inathirdstabbingincidentin Hebron,theIsraelimilitaryshot aPalestinianassailantwhoau- thoritiessaidhadstabbedasol- dier.Therewasnowordonthe attacker’scondition. Overthepastmonth,eightIs- raelishavediedinPalestinianat- tacks.Inthattime,34 PalestinianswerekilledbyIsraeli fi re,including17labeledbyIsrael asattackers,andtherestin clasheswithIsraelitroops. Theattackshaveraisedfears ofanewroundofheavyviolence. TheU.N.SecurityCouncilheld anemergencymeetingFridayon theupsurgeofviolencethatbe- ganovertheJewishNewYear. Fourkilled byIsraelis asviolence continues DougStanglin USATODAY

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