BLOOMING GROVE, Wis. -

Police said that a woman fired a handgun at a masked home intruder Saturday morning.

Now that victim -- who, despite talking to WISC-TV, is not identifying herself -- says she wants everyone to be prepared for similar unexpected situations.

"It's nothing that I ever thought I'd ever go through," the victim said. "I got the gun in case something were to happen, but I never ever thought in a million years I'd actually have to use it."

According to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the resident heard footsteps in her home on the 3500 block of Commercial Avenue in the township of Blooming Grove around 2 a.m. Saturday.

The victim said she heard the noises downstairs and thought it was her roommate coming home from a night out. She preceded to text him, and he responded that he wasn’t home.

"I heard somebody coming up the steps to my room and just kind of said, 'here goes nothing,'"the victim said.

She then grabbed her gun and her phone. As she was dialing 911, a masked intruder appeared who attempted to use a form of pepper spray on her. That’s when she fired several shots at the intruder, police said.

"What if I didn't have it?" the victim later asked. "Where would I be right now, you know? Like what would have happened to me if I didn't?"

The victim said after living in that home for eight years, she doesn’t feel safe anymore.

"I don't know what to do now. I'm watching my back. I'm watching all of the cars driving past my house," she explained.

Investigators believe the intruder forced himself into the residence through a closed and secured window. They are confident he was trying to rob the house. The victim said he was successful in taking a few items.

Police said the intruder fled when those bullets were fired. After a canine search of the area, the man has not been located.

The intruder was described as a black man in his mid-20s and about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches in height. He is described as being between 160 and 180 pounds, said police. He was last seen wearing a dark-colored jacket and bandana. It is unknown whether he was injured.

Police were not sure whether or not the intruder had actually been shot, but the victim says dark fabric was found in one of the bullet holes scattered on her walls. She said that makes it seem like he was in fact hit by a bullet, but no one knows what kind of injuries he might have endured.

Anyone with information about this incident or the intruder is encouraged to call the Dane County 911 Center or the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Tips Line at 608-284-6900.

Sgt. RJ Lurquin of the Dane County Sheriff's Office said the public should be alert. The victim said the public should be prepared to protect their home.

"Make sure their windows are locked, their doors are locked, look out for their neighbors, talk to their neighbors," Sgt. Lurguin said. "If they see anything strange or peculiar, feel free to call 911 and have someone come out and take a look."

"Always be prepared," the victim said. "You never know what's going to happen."