The victim of a violent attempted carjacking in Grand Prairie is out of the hospital after being pistol whipped and shot by a man trying to take his Mercedes.
Nelson Agbey, a 21-year-old student at Tarrant County College, told NBC 5 he had just pulled his car into a parking spot outside his apartment in the 700 block of Timber Oaks Lane in Grand Prairie when the incident began.
Around 12:30 a.m., Agbey says an armed carjacker demanded his keys and other belongings.
Agbey says the gunman told him: "I want your keys, whatever you have."
"I threw my keys to the floor," Agbey told NBC 5. "He just pulled out the gun and started shooting."
Abuga Ondra, Agbey's neighbor, heard the gunfire.
"Pop, pop, pop," she said. "Three shots."
"I tried hiding and he kept shooting," Agbey said. He said he didn't even realize he'd been shot in the leg because the attacker started beating him.
"He started hitting my head with the gun," Agbey said. "I didn't know what he wanted to do, I was just trying to protect myself."
The student was able to run from the parking lot and up three flights of stairs to his apartment while the carjacker chased him. Agbey screamed for help.
"I was screaming, trying to get people to come out," he said.
Neighbors heard the commotion and saw the carjacker leaving the scene.
"My cousin and I went to open the door and the guy was running back down the stairs," neighbor Chantia Hall said.
Nelson Agbey said he's grateful he escaped with his life.
"I thought I was going to die," Agbey said. "I just thank God for saving my life."
Police say the carjacker got away empty-handed. Officers are still searching for the shooter.