Early in the morning, about 2:30 am, on September 3rd, a Houston, Texas woman used her firearm to protect herself from a group of robbers.
Lachelle Hudgins arrived outside her apartment where several men were standing around near her parking space. Her windows were partially rolled down and two of the men approached her and apparently began antagonizing her.
“I couldn’t do anything except scream. At one point, they told me to stop screaming, and he reached his hand inside my car,” Hudgins told ABC’s KTRK Channel 13.
One man reached into her passenger side window and grabbed at her purse. Before he could take it, however, she retrieved her gun from the bag.
Hudgins shot twice, shattering the passenger side window. “It was all I had in my gun. I shot until I couldn’t shoot anymore,” Hudgins said. There’s been no discussion of why her pistol only had two rounds in it.
“Honestly, I think I closed my eyes at that point. I just know my gun was in my hand I was getting ready to shoot. And before I knew it I opened my eyes they were gone. I jumped out of the car, and I just kept screaming, like, for someone to help me.”
Like most people who buy tools for emergency use, Lachelle Hudgins hoped she’d never need it. She certainly didn’t expect to use a firearm right outside of her own home.
“I mean I got the gun for that purpose, but I never thought I would really have to use it. Like, I never thought I would have to use it ever.”
The men fled, but police responded to a call about a wounded man who was just on the other side of the apartment complex. It appears that she wounded one of her assailants. He was taken to the hospital and appears to be on the mend after surgery. He faces aggravated robbery charges. His associates didn’t stick around to make sure he got help.
“I saved my life,” Hudgins said. She was not facing charges.