Elkhart County Sheriff's Dept. are still searching for three suspects after Sean Smith, 22, was shot in the face Saturday night.
It happened around 7:40 p.m. in the 52000 block of Brookstream Circle, inside the North Lake Apartment complex.
Police say Smith let three black males into his second-story apartment.
A friend says that the 22-year-old, who served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army, barely knew the men.
"They were just upstairs hanging out and the guy pulled the gun and pulled the trigger right in his face," said the victim's friend, Damon Berry.
Once the three men got upstairs, one of them shot Smith in the face.
Paramedics took him to a St. Joseph County hospital, escorted by a fleet of three police cars with lights and sirens.
While the initial outlook was grim, emergency room staff stabilized Smith.
Police continue to search for all three suspects, with vague descriptions to go off of.
"I believe in karma and I hope it comes back in a full circle," Berry said. "I hope they're sitting there thinking about the families they hurt and the people they hurt."