Dallas Mom Shoots Carjacker Who Took Her SUV with Kids Inside

Michelle Booker-Hicks

Michelle Booker Hicks said she reached for her gun and fired it once at the would-be carjacker

A Texas mother shot a carjacker in the face as he tried to drive off in her vehicle, with her two young children in the backseat. When she saw what was happening, the mother jumped inside. "I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment and that's when I fired at him after I grabbed my gun from the glove compartment".

Police say the vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and the suspect was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Booker-Hicks said that her husband had helped her reload the gun earlier that day before she placed it in the glove compartment.

"I had to do what I had to do to defend what was mine, which are my kids", she told KXAS-TV (NBC5).

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

Wright was charged with unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

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The mother said she had just put the gun in the SUV hours before after her husband helped her with reloading it.

He was arrested at the scene and police have identified him as 36-year-old Ricky Wright.

The mother, who didn't want to be identified, told the station she left her children, 2 and 4, in the SUV while she ran inside the convenience store. Emergency workers took Wright to the hospital where doctors treated him for his gunshot wounds sustained in the carjacking attempt.

The mother said: "I should have just have emptied the whole clip but I didn't". I just wanted to give him a warning shot.

Booker-Hicks and her two children were not injured in the incident. "My main objective is to get my kids safe", she said.

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