A Texas woman shot a would-be carjacker in the face last Wednesday night to protect her two young sons who were located in the vehicle, FOX 4 reports.
Michelle Booker-Hicks, the victim, was candid about the encounter and why she opted to use force in defense of herself and her 2 and 4-year-old sons.
“I wasn’t necessarily worried about my car,” she said. “I was more worried about my kids.”
“I’m not a killer or anything, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” she continued. “I hope that woke him up.”
The incident started around 10 p.m. when Booker-Hicks was paying for gas at a Shell station located on Interstate 35 in Dallas.
Suddenly, a strange man hopped into her vehicle, which was still running. Booker-Hicks immediately took action.
“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car. He turned around and looked at me,” she said. “I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment.”
The projectile struck the perp just under his right eye, which caused him to crash the car into a nearby fence. Wounded, he got out of the car and collapsed in the middle of the street. Police later identified him as 36-year-old Ricky Wright. He was taken to a local hospital where he was said to be in serious but stable condition.
No one else was injured.
Wright has an extensive criminal history, including charges for drugs, assault, family violence, arson, theft, making a terroristic threat and resisting arrest. Following this foiled attempt to take Booker-Hick’s vehicle, he now will also face charges for unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Questions emerged as to whether Booker-Hicks would face charges for leaving her children unattended or using a firearm against Wright. Local attorney Toby Shook indicated to the news station that it’s unlikely given the known facts of the case.
“When children are involved, obviously the authorities are going to be very understanding of that,” Shook said. “The law says that if a reasonable person in her situation would have acted the same way, found it immediately necessary to protect herself or a third party, in this case her children, then that’s legitimate self-defense.”
Booker-Hicks said that she recently acquired the handgun for self-defense and does not yet have a concealed carry permit. In Texas, one doesn’t need a permit to carry a firearm in their vehicle.