Marine unscathed in Iraq, Afghanistan shot in Fla.

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  • Karl Trenker toured Iraq and Afghanistan, but was never shot
  • Men trying to steal a necklace shot him multiple times in Florida
  • Trenker plugged bullet holes with fingers; full recovery expected

U.S. Marine Karl Trenker escaped tours in Iraq and Afghanistan without being injured, only to be shot three times in Florida.

"I can't believe this," Trenker told affiliate WSVN. "I go to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, and I haven't been shot or blown up, and I'm here at home in Florida, and here I am riding in an ambulance with a bunch of gunshot wounds."

The 29-year-old currently is recovering from injuries he sustained while trying to thwart a robbery last week. Deputies found the south Florida serviceman taking out bullets from his wounds with his fingers.

Trenker was at Deerfield Beach to meet a potential buyer for a gold chain his fiancée, Tanya Saiz, was selling on online.

"I was pointing out the caret marks on the chain to him, and then kind of pick it up, put it in his hands and said, 'Yeah, that feels real,' and then he just took off running," Trenker said.

Trenker followed, unaware the assailant was carrying a pistol. The robber turned around and shot Trenker in the chest and torso.

"I dialed my phone and called my fiancée and said, 'Listen I've been shot I think three times," he said.

Trenker is expected to make a full recovery. Police arrested two men, 20-year-olds James Flounory and Jeff Steele, in connection with the shooting.

The frightening situation has Saiz calling her future hubby “Superman.”

“Really, when you think about it, he saved my life because those guys were expecting me to be there, not him," Saiz said.

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