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Gun-grabbing robbery victim talks about what went through his mind

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 4:45pm

The video of a man counterattacking a robber by grabbing a shotgun has gone viral. Now, the victim is speaking out about the experience and says he reacted on instinct.

“My thought wasn’t, ‘I’m being robbed’ or anything, it was just, ‘I’m about to get shot,” Max Brabner told WDSU. "I took one little look at him, and I looked in his eyes, I didn't really see the gun. I was just looking at him, and you don't have any time to think about anything. It was only three seconds

What happened after the attack is what was more surprising to Brabner.

“The driver of the vehicle said to the victim, ‘give me my gun back and I’ll give you your phone that you dropped,’” officials said in a press release. “The victim then used the shotgun to strike the rear windshield of the vehicle, causing it to break.”

Brabner explained to WDSU reporter Casey Ferrand that he broke the glass of the car out of anger and that his goal was to keep them on the defense.

In the end, the jazz musician says the whole experience has given him a different perspective.

"I was going for a paper towel the other day, and a roach popped out from the top of the paper. I freaked out, and I just started laughing because I was like, 'I'm terrified of this roach, but a shotgun to the face, nothing,'" he said.

A teen turned himself in to police for the crime. Officials have not said whether any additional arrests are anticipated.

Click here to watch the full report on WDSU.

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