NASHVILLE, Tenn. - He laid there on the sidewalk and thought 'this is where I'm going to die.'
The shot from the gun was so loud, so close to his head he could barely hear anything and so he just figured, this was it.
"I wasn't sure I had been shot, I just saw there was this blood and I thought maybe because I can't feel it, maybe that's paralysis," the young man recalls.
To say he is lucky is an incredible understatement. The bullet the would be car jacker fired entered through the young man's left shoulder. It passed by his heart, his lungs and even his spine and then came to rest inside his back..
"I think my spine is actually bruised from the bullet, that's how close it was," he recalls.
Police still haven't caught whoever shot the Belmont University student on Sunday morning outside the Family Wash in East Nashville, which is why he asked NewsChannel 5 to not use his name in reporting this story.
" I was in the car, I locked the door and I turned the keys. I was gonna drive off but the second I started the car, that was it man, that was when he pulled the trigger," he says.
As scary as it all sounds he is still here and he is thankful. He never knew how many people loved him, until he was released from Vanderbilt just 11 hours after it all happened.
"I felt so much love man, coming from people from my friends, my family," he added.
And he can still play the guitar, His fingers still work. He'll still be able to finish his music business major by December.
"I'm tired, I'm not angry, I'm not frustrated or scared I feel really good," he explains.
Metro police say they do have a few leads but it is still too early in their investigation to release any new information.