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A UWM student is recovering after he was shot  in an apparent robbery attempt in the 2700 block of North Murray Street. 

Police say two men walked up to the student as he was outside his home, walking back from celebrating his 21st birthday.  The men demanded money, then pistol-whipped him and shot him when he tried to run away.

"I heard six shots, thought it was the tv at first, (but it was) a little too loud for the TV," said Chris Saunders, another UWM student. 

"I came outside and there's a guy laying in the middle of the street."

Matt Buss heard the shots, then ran outside to see his next door neighbor lying on the street.

"My first thought was, someone got shot, so I called 911," said Buss.

"I ran upstairs, got a blanket, and covered him up."

The victim was shot once in each leg and is expected to be okay.  But officers found drugs on him and are investigating whether this was a drug-related shooting.  Either way, it has UWM students shaken up.

"It's ridiculous," said Saunders.

Friends describe the victim as a fun-loving guy.

"I wouldn't have imagined that happening to him because he is so down to earth, and so warm hearted."

Officers are still looking for the two suspects.  They're described as African-American men, 5'10" to 5'11".  One was wearing a black leather jacket and a beanie-style hat.  The other was dressed in dark, baggy clothing. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Milwaukee Police Department.