MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Police say a homeowner was shot Thursday morning after he found someone breaking into his car.

The cold-blooded crime happened around 6 a.m. outside of a home on Spring Grove West off of Dawes Road in West Mobile.

Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber said the victim apparently interrupted a vehicle burglary when the suspect fired shots at him. Police said the man's injuries are possibly life-threatening.

Investigators have not released any other details about the case or the shooter.

Meanwhile neighbors in the quiet and unassuming neighborhood were a bit shaken by the news. Many of them heard gunshots this morning as they were getting ready for work.

"It was about 5 or so and we heard a loud pop and thought it was actually maybe like a truck because we had a lot of neighbors that leave pretty early in the morning," said one neighbor, Karlynn Beam.

As neighbors started heading to work they said they cam out to a crime scene.

"My wife, she did come out it was right at 6 o'clock this was when all the cop cars showed up and everything and she said she saw the guy laying there and he didn't appear to be responsive," Eric Purdy, another neighbor said.

Purdy said this has stayed with him all day long. He's usually outside around the time it happened. Thankfully, he had to go to work an hour early today.

"It could've been me, it could've just as easily been me. Like I said I've had chills all day," Purdy added.

Thursday morning MPD said the man's injuries were possibly life-threatening. 

No update since then.

Shooting scene

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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