By Arielle Clay

Jefferson County, AL (WBRC/CNN) - An Alabama woman says her will to live helped her fight off an attacker who she believes targeted her because of her oxygen tank.

"I was awakened with a gun in my face hollering 'give me all yo money and give me all yo jewelry' and I screamed I don't have any money and I don't have any jewelry," said the unidentified victim. "Then he asked me about everyone in the house during this time I'm fumbling to get my gun. He pushed me down. I got up, I fought back."

"He had what turned out to be an air rifle, I believe. She certainly didn't know that at the time as far as she knew it was a loaded weapon, but he knew it was an air rifle, and so at some point during the struggle he put that down took out a keyhole saw. He cut her superficially a couple times with that," said Deputy Chief Randy Christian.

The victim showed where the suspect stabbed her once in the stomach and once in her arm.

"I kept on fighting and another person in the home got up and that distracted him. When that distracted him, I finally got to my pistol and fired a round," she said.

The suspect was found at UAB Medical West Hospital.

"He tried to make up a story that he was at some kind of party and shot himself on a dare," said Christian.

"He felt like it was going to be easy especially when he saw me on oxygen and all this kind of stuff, and he thought this is an old woman. I can take her down. Sorry," said the victim.

Authorities say the suspect will be charged with burglary and assault.

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