Houston, Texas – A woman shot one of five men after they surrounded her car and tried to steal her purse.
Lachelle Hudgins told ABC13 she was coming home to the apartment complex she lived at in South Huston at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning when she saw a group of men standing around her parking space.
Hudgins said she had just parked her vehicle when one of the men reached through the driver’s side window and tried to steal her purse. Hudgins said she screamed for help.
“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 said.
Fighting to keep a hold of her purse, Hudgins was finally able to get to the gun she kept there.
She pulled out her gun and fired two shots at her attacker, causing the other men around her car to flee the scene.
“It was all I had in my gun. I shot until I couldn’t shoot anymore,” Hudgins said.
Police located the wounded suspect a short distance away after they received a report of a wounded man who was shot and bleeding behind the apartment complex.
The suspect underwent surgery for treatment of his gunshot wound at a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Police say he may face aggravated robbery charges.
Hudgins did not receive and injuries during the attack and said that she’s glad she had the gun,
“I got the gun for that purpose,” she told ABC13. “But I never thought I’d really have to use it. I saved my life.”
No charges have been filed against Hudgins for shooting her attacker.
A few things to consider that may have helped.
- If you see a group of unfamiliar men standing around your parking space at 2:30 a.m., it might be a good idea to continue on past and find somewhere else to park.
- Also, have more than 2 bullets in your self-defense weapon. If its all you have then you have to make it work like Hudgins did, but if the other four men standing around the vehicle had decided to press the attack, she would have had no other means of self-defense.
- As seen in this article, off-body-carry in a bag or purse means you may lose you self-defense weapon if someone is trying to rob you. Fortunately for Hudgins she was able to hang on long enough to pull the gun or this story might have ended very differently.
Overall, Hudgins did a great job defending herself. She had the means to fight when a group of men saw her as easy prey and did not hesitate when they threatened her safety.
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