PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -

A 66-year-old man who was shot when two robbers tried snatching the gold chain from off his neck returned home from the hospital Tuesday evening.

It happened in the 6900 block of Southwest 14th Street about 10 a.m.

"He said to me right away, 'I survived the war and I was never shot,'" said Susan Dragone, Nicholas Dragone's wife.

Susan Dragone said her husband, a Vietnam veteran and union man from Boston, wasn't about to let two men swipe his chain without a fight.

"He's 66 but he's a strong, strong man," said Susan Dragone.

Dragone was cleaning tree debris from his yard when two men walked up and tried to snatch his gold chain.

Neighbors heard the gunshots. Two girls across the street looked out the window and saw Dragone with blood on his shirt. They rushed out to help.

"He told me that they tried to take his chain and when they tried to take his chain, he tried to swing whatever tool he was cutting trees with at them and that's when they shot him," said Selina Gonzalez.

"He had the branch cutter in his hand and he tried to cut them with the branch cutter," said Susan Dragone. "And, because of that, they shot him."

Susan Dragone said her husband was shot three times in the stomach and was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital.

Pembroke Pines police detectives were seen scouring the front yard, looking for bullet casings and other evidence. Dragone told them the two men ran down the street, got into a red car, and sped off.

Dragone was released from the hospital about 5:30 p.m.

"Why do the rest of your life in prison for a gold chain because it makes no sense," Dragone told Local 10's Ross Palombo.