Ammar Al-Nueimy moved to this country from Iraq a few years ago with just $300 in his pocket, in search of the American Dream.
Today he's in the hospital, the victim of senseless gunfire.
"If not God helping me, I'm not going to be here now," he said.
Ammar was making his rounds as a security guard at the Royal Oaks Apartments less than a week before Thanksgiving. That's when he ran into two men who were trespassing.
"I said, ‘please this is trespassing, you can't stay here, and just leave the property,' " he said.
When he saw them a second time, he again politely asked them to go. That's when one of them started shooting. Round after round .45 caliber bullets tore through the air.
Ammar was hit in the hand and the stomach, and a round even grazed his head. As he lay on the ground, the gunman approached again.
"He want to shoot me in my head. I was living my life in this moment, but I pray and pray and pray," he said.
He pulled the trigger.
"He want to shoot me but his gun was stuck," Ammar said.
Both men ended up getting away and still haven't been caught. Now deputies hope some images caught on a nearby gas station's surveillance video can help them.
"We do not believe the subject in the video is a suspect in the shooting. We believe he's a potential witness or may have information that leads us to the shooters," said Lt. Rick Jahnke
"If they catch him, I want to meet him to ask why he did it, I just want to know why," Ammar said.
Why someone would ruin the very thing he moved to this country for.
"He comes here for a safe life, to build a new life, for what? Someone over minimal things to destroy his life," said his wife Sheryl Cerrato.
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