A Houston woman surrounded by five men attempting to rob her pulled out a handgun and fired, wounding one suspect.
The incident occurred early Tuesday morning, ABC affiliate KTRK reported.
Lachelle Hudgins was sitting in her car when she was accosted by the would-be robbers, two of whom attempted to reach through her driver’s side window and snatch her purse.
“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 KTRK.
Five men tried to rob a young woman this morning. They didn’t expect her to grab her handgun and fire. Today, she is unharmed, and at least one suspect is shot. Exclusive #ABC13 interview at 4:30 & 6. https://t.co/OW8oZoQTkQ #Hounews pic.twitter.com/IS8htwfx7t
— Miya Shay (@ABC13Miya) September 3, 2019
According to police, Hudgins fired two shots and the men fled.
“I saved my life,” Hudgins said.
Authorities later received a call about a man suffering from a gunshot wound nearby.
The man is expected to face aggravated robbery charges, KTRK reported. The investigation is still ongoing.
Lachelle Hudgins and good guys (and gals) with guns
In the wake of recent mass shootings, which have sparked renewed calls for gun control, a debate has raged over so-called “good guys with guns” – armed citizens who defend themselves or others from criminals.
Even congressional representatives have weighed in on the subject.
Following a mass shooting across West Texas on Saturday, Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-CA, mocked armed civilians for not stopping the tragedy.
Swalwell, a vocal proponent of gun control and former 2020 presidential hopeful, tweeted out a response on Sunday to a social media commenter who suggested open carry would stop mass shootings.
“Big shout out to all the civilian ‘good guys with guns’ who saved lives in Odessa. You know who you are. Thanks a million,” the California lawmaker quipped. “*btw, Texas IS an open carry state.”