A flashlight attached to a gun flickered in Louis Nix III’s eyes, blinding him for the moment and startling the former Notre Dame nose guard to the point that the words the two men hovering over him were saying became indiscernible.

All Nix was trying to do was put some air in one of his back tires that he noticed was a little low after finishing his shift Tuesday night at Cintas in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

Moments later the 29-year-old was riding in the back of an ambulance to the hospital, having been shot in the chest at a gas station. He shared his story on Instagram that night en route to the hospital.

“Right now surgery is pending,” Nix said Friday in a phone call from his hospital bed. “They may leave the bullet inside of me. That’s kind of — ewww — I don’t know how that’ll go, but they say it’s a delicate situation as far as the bullet being in my (left) lung.