"I shouldn't have to go out and check on my properties but that's the world we live in, property owner Wesley Hall said. "I didn't really know that he was in there."
41-year-old James King was rushed from a house at 32nd and poppleton on a stretcher early Tuesday morning.
King was shot by Hall who was conducting a security check.
Hall said he entered the house with gun drawn, shouting warnings...finding King in the basement.
"He was hiding behind a door and I said freeze don't move," Hall said. "At that point, he lurched out of there...bang, I shot, dropped down shot him. I said don't move ...stay there, he tried to crawl towards me...stay, stop. and then he like stayed there and when he sat back all the way, then I was able to like call the police.
"The first officer in pointed a gun at the gentleman on the ground and then the second officer asked me to place my gun on the ground which I complied right away."
The property has been unoccupied for months.
Hall has had numerous break-ins...including one just last week.
Melissa Grabow lives across the street and she'd been keeping an eye out.
"I think it was Monday night into Tuesday, there was police here saying that somebody had gone into the house and stole copper," she said. "The cops told us last week that they may come back for the copper that remains in the house."
That's what led to Hall's meeting with King.
"There was copper laying on the floor...whole sections of wall were missing that he tore out," Hall said.
Hall says he intentionally shot King in the leg to stop him...not hurt him.
"My prayers are that he'll be fine and that he'll change from his life of crime, but people have to be prepared they have to do something to defend themselves," Hall said.
King is listed as a no-release at Creighton University Medical Center.
He served two terms at the state penitentiary and he has a rather extensive criminal record.
The gun hall was carrying was not registered.
It will take a few days for the County Attorney's office to review the case to determine if Hall will face any charges.
Hall admits to firing once, intentionally shooting King in the leg.
Even after being shot, Hall says King continued to come at him before King's wounded leg gave out and he went to the floor. King continued to come after Hall before finally sitting down.
Hall then called 911.
"I didn't want to shoot the guy," Hall said.
Hall said he had the gun drawn because he didn't know if there were several people in the house, or no one at all.
He said the basement was dark and several light bulbs had been taken out since his last security check.
Hall says he's had numerous break-ins at the property, which has been unoccupied since September.
Hall's handgun was not registered with Omaha Police and he does not have a CCW permit.
No word yet on whether charges will be filed against either man.