(WMC-TV) – Several neighbors witnessed commotion at the Cottonwood Apartments Friday night.
"The lady came over here and said 'police police' and I said what happened," said one neighbor.
"He go around then he came back and 'boom' like that," stated another witness.
Memphis Police responded to a robbery in 4600 block of Cotton Drive around 11 p.m. Friday.
Investigators say a woman was walking inside her apartment when she was ambushed by two men with guns demanding money.
Eduardo Perez witnessed the robbery and stepped in to help the victim.
The gunman then turned his weapon on Perez.
Neighbors say the struggle ended up in the parking lot where the two men allegedly tried to force the woman into a car.
Resident Courtney Phillips described the ordeal to our crew.
Phillips: "Don't nobody want to run to gunshots."
Reporter: "But this man did?"
Phillips: "Yes he did, he did."
Thankfully, Perez was not critically injured and showed our crew where the bullet grazed his leg.
Reporter: "Can you ask him if he was scared or was he frightened?"
Perez (through translator): "No he is no scary."
Timyara Harris said she saw Perez risk his life for a stranger.
"The man I'm proud of him. He's a hero," said Harris. "They were yelling in Spanish and I don't speak Spanish but I'm pretty sure he was saying 'let her go' and he hit him with a beer bottle and he got shot," she added.
Cottonwood residents say they're grateful to have a "Good Samaritan" so close.
"Yes, I'm pretty sure he would help us like he did this woman and I'm just happy she's ok," Harris stated.
Memphis Police have not released a description of the suspects and tell us the investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information that could help police solve this case call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.