A Chicago woman survived an attempted murder last week, but she didn’t let the perpetrator get away unharmed.
After wrestling the suspect to the ground, Martina Carter, 54, shot the much younger man in the hand with his own firearm.
“I had to do what God gave me the strength to do: Defend myself,” she told the Chicago Tribune.
Carter’s strength soon began to wane, and Dennis Evans, the 23-year-old would-be robber, retrieved his gun and pointed it at Carter.
“(Expletive), you shot me with my own gun,” Evans said, according to the police report. “Now I’m gonna shoot your (expletive).”
Carter lay on the ground near her South Side bus stop. People had noticed the altercation, but no one had the courage to step in.
“I thought, ‘This is it,’ ” she recalled. “I thought, ‘I’m saying goodbye to my kids.’”
But when Evans pulled the trigger… click.
“I was shocked that it didn’t go off again,” she told the Tribune a day after the attack. “It was the Lord — that’s what it was.”
Evans didn’t stop to clear the jam in his gun. He fled, and police arrested him later that day where he lives with his mom and two sisters.
Carter told the Tribune that Evans had accosted her at the bus stop and demanded her purse and bag at gunpoint. Even before he pulled out a gun she thought he was drunk or mentally ill.
“The minute he pulled it out, he cocked it. And I thought, ‘I have to think of something,’” she said.
She called for help, but no one came, so she decided to take matters into her own hands. She grabbed the gun and managed to take control of it momentarily.
“That’s when I closed my eyes and just pressed the button,” she said, describing the trigger.
She shot Evans in his left hand, but the wound wasn’t serious enough to make him stop his attack. He recovered his gun but, fortunately for Carter, it didn’t fire.
The Tribune called the gun a “blue steel 9 mm” and said police found six rounds of live ammunition in the gun after the incident. Carter says that Evans “cocked” the gun, which might indicate he was carrying a revolver. But the round count disqualifies the majority of revolvers, and it’s almost impossible for revolvers to “jam.”
The most likely explanation is that Evans was carrying a semi-automatic steel-framed handgun that failed to go back into battery after Carter shot Evans’ hand at close range. The empty case may have also jammed the gun or the round may have been a dud.
Evans has been charged with attempted murder and attempted robbery. He is being held without bail.