MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Police say a man was shot Sunday around 1:30 a.m. near the University of South Alabama campus.

Police responded to Campus Quarters apartments at 112 South University Blvd for one person shot.

Thomas Purl was shot at the Campus Quarters apartments early Sunday morning.

“I heard footsteps coming and that’s when I knew something was happening,” said Purl.

He was unarmed, unaware, and almost unable to get away alive.

“I turned around and I see a dude running at me, crunching with a gun,” said Purl.

Purl says he didn’t really know what to do when he saw the gun. Police say the victim stated he got out of his vehicle and was approached by an unknown male subject armed with a gun. The suspect demanded his property. The victim complied and told police he ran and was shot.

“I took my keys out of my front pocket, and dropped them down. And when I did that, I just ran. I wasn’t about to give him my wallet or my phone, when I was running, I got probably about 10 feet away, and I just heard it, I just dropped,” said Purl.

The bullet knocked him off his feet.

“Went in my butt,” said Purl.

Purl was hurt but able to run for safety. He made it to his apartment and knocked on the front door.

“Luckily my roommate came out, if it wasn’t for him, I probably would have died right there bleeding out,” said Purl.

He was rushed to the hospital and released Sunday afternoon, but the shock of what happened still hasn’t healed.

“I was just walking in, about to go to bed, you know. You never really think it’s going to happen to you,” said Purl.

But this full-time student and server has to get back to life, knowin the man who shot him is still out there.

“I’m just more worried about school, how I’m going to get back to work. And that it happened and there’s nothing I can do about it now,” said Purl.

The suspect fled the scene and the victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are continuing their investigation.