The victim of an attempted robbery is speaking out after he says the crime changed his life.
38-year-old Brent Skinner of Evansville says he hopes the people that shot him with a pellet gun are caught soon.
He says the events that took place Friday morning have left him more paranoid than ever.
Brent Skinner was walking to work on Friday like he always does around 5 a.m.
The police report says Brent was near the intersection of Baker Ave and Florida St when he was approached by four African-American males, all teenagers.
"The one walked up to me and he said hand me what you've got," said Brent. "I said, 'I don't have anything man, I'm just walking to work.'"
Brent says they then tried to take his silver chain necklace, but he shoved them away and turned to run towards Jacobsville Apartments after he noticed one of the teens had what looked to be a gun.
"I thought I was going to die," said Brent. "I thought I was going to lose my life over it."
It was a pellet gun.
They shot him five times in his arms and once in his back.
He was taken to the hospital and told he may have to have surgery.
"I took the insurance out of my work this past week," said Brent. "It's not going to be effective until 30 more days. My hospital bills are going to be all out of pocket. (It's going to) put me in a financial bind."
Brent says it's all a sign there are safety issues in Evansville.
"Maybe they should up the law enforcement to step up their beats a little bit," said Brent.
Brent not plans to ride his bike to work on a new route.
He says he lives each day with a new fear.
"It's going to cause heartache," said Brent. "It puts them through debt and it puts them through pain."
At this point, none of the suspects have been caught.
Anyone with any information should call the Evansville Police Department.
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