LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It wasn't even 8 in the morning yet and, like so many mornings, it was time for work.
"I've never felt unsafe down here," a robbery victim, who did not want to be identified, said.
For 10 years the victim has done HVAC work at Fourth and St. Catherine Streets. But Monday, he didn't recognize the two men trying walking up to him.
"He act like he was going up the steps to go inside," the man said.
One of the thieves pulled out a gun and asked for his wallet. The thief then shot twice in the air.
"I'm going to get shot. I'm going to get shot," the victim said.
The thieves were scared off when the worker's friend stopped traffic. The suspects stole money from the victim and left their casings behind, along with nervous neighbors.
"I think above all things, I am responsible for my own awareness," Liana Ibershoff, who lives nearby, said.
The area is seeing its own share of violence.
Recently, there was a deadly shooting at the PNC Bank at Fourth and Oak Streets. Another three people were recently shot in the Limerick neighborhood across the street from Old Louisville.
In October there were 17 reports for assaults, burglaries, robberies and car break ins in the 1,500 feet surrounding Fourth and St. Catherine Streets.
To some, Old Louisville's charm trumps all that.
"I do love the vibe, you do get a variety of people but I mean, it's old, it's got soul, so. I think it's a great part of town," Ibershoff said.
As for the robbery victim - he'll be back to work, but better prepared.
"I'll do whatever I have to do to protect myself," the man said.