CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)- For 36 year old Santos Morales taking a bullet for his friend Gabriel Petronilo almost left him dead.
"And i came, and i told them to lower their pistols and they said no, and when they wanted to shoot, i grabbed his hand, and i wanted to detain his pistol, and three people came over and from those three they attacked and the one that carried a gun shot me"
While Morales and Petronilo were visiting 2009 Huff Place a robbery involving 23 year old Travis Maurice Martin and 2 teenage accomplices ended up with passer by Morales being shot in the lower stomach.
Petronilo would like to offer these words of advice.
"We need to be aware of these people and all of us all latinos need to take care of ourselves"
Residents of Huff Place are still in shock.
April Young a local resident had this to add, "We need to make it better for every other people out here in the community so, i'm just hoping everything is alright for him and he gets better"
Heaven Wilson a local teenager told News 12,"You mix with the wrong crowd, you can wind up doing something like this and in trouble"
Martin and the two teenagers along with a fourth accomplice are facing charges of especially aggravated robbery.
Santos Morales is in recovery.
Gabriel Petronilo whose debit card was stolen during the robbery has had it returned after it was found in the sock of Travis Maurice Martin when police patted him down after his arrest.