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Ricky Wright, 36, allegedly climbed into Michelle Booker-Hicks's car which had her two sons, both aged four, in the back and tried to drive away
A Texas mother shot a carjacker in the face as he tried to drive off in her car, with her two young children in the backseat.
Michelle Booker-Hicks was paying for her gas at a Shell station along Interstate 35 near Camp Wisdom Road on Wednesday night at 10pm.
Suddenly, she saw a man climb into her car, which had her two sons, both aged four, in the back.
Booker-Hicks jumped into the front passenger seat and shouted at him to stop. But he ignored her and carried on her driving.
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 injured carjacker crashed moments later, hitting the fence.
He was arrested at the scene and police have identified him as 36-year-old Ricky Wright.
Wright has been taken to hospital in a critical but stable condition.
Booker-Hicks said she and her children were shaken up but thankfully weren't hurt in the incident.
'I wasn't necessarily worried about my car,' she said. 'I was more worried about my kids.'
She said that in the moment, she hadn't been aiming to kill. She just wanted to stop him.
Booker-Hicks (left, at the scene) jumped into the front passenger seat and shouted at him to stop. But he ignored her and carried on her driving. So she said she grabbed her gun from her glove box and opened fire
'I'm not a killer or anything, but I do believe in defending what's mine,' she said. 'I hope that woke him up.'
Wright, who has a long history of violent crimes, is charged with two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Meanwhile, Booker-Hicks doesn't have a license to carry but was allowed to carry her gun in her car. She is not facing any charges.