Texas mom shoots man trying to steal SUV with her kids inside

A mother shot a man in the face after the suspect jumped into her car while her two kids were sitting in the vehicle police said

A mother shot a man in the face after the suspect jumped into her car while her two kids were sitting in the vehicle police said

She was paying for gas at 10 p.m.at a Shell gas station in southern Dallas when she saw a man get into her auto.

The woman told CBS DFW that she tried to get the man, who has been identified as Rickey Wright, to stop but he refused.

"He would not get out of the auto", she told KDFW.

She told Fox 4 she grabbed her gun from her glove box and opened fire, shooting the carjacker in the face, hitting him under his right eye. The wounded man crashed the SUV into a nearby fence then staggered away and collapsed.

"I just want this to be behind me", the victim said as she left her home with relatives late Thursday afternoon.

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"I had to do what I had to do to defend what was mine, which are my kids", she told KXAS-TV (NBC5). "The victim [jumped] in the vehicle and told the suspect to stop", Dallas police said in a statement.

He was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, according to police. That's when she says she reached for the gun that she had kept in her glove compartment.

Booker-Hicks shot the man in the face causing him to drive the vehicle off the road and crash.

The woman's sons - aged two and four - were not hurt in the incident. She had recently purchased the gun for protection.

He is charged with two counts of unlawful and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. According to CBS 11, Wright has previously been detained by police more than 20 times on various charges of criminal conduct, including possession of marijuana, evading arrest, assault and theft.

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