Mom shoots man trying to steal SUV with kids inside

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Police say 36-year-old Ricky Wright got into the woman's vehicle Wednesday night in a gas station parking lot. Before she returned a man jumped into her vehicle and tried to drive away, but the woman saw what was happening and jumped in the back seat. When he refused, the mother pulled a gun out of her glove box and shot the suspect in the head one time.

The man then swerved the SUV and crashed the vehicle into a nearby fence near a McDonald's.

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Wright was taken to a local hospital and an update on his condition wasn't immediately available.

Though Booker-Hicks said she initially intended only to fire a warning shot, she did not appear too upset with the result. As of Thursday morning, he remained seriously injured but was confirmed to be stable. Determined to protect her children, she told Fox 4 that she asked the man to get out of her auto, but he refused. Two toddlers were inside the SUV. Police questioned the mother at the scene. Inside was her children, age 2 and 4.

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She spoke with Fox 4, but asked that the outlet not show her face.

Authorities have charged him with unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. "I reached over the arm rest to get to my glove compartment and that's when I fired at him".

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Wright was taken to a hospital, where his injuries are considered non-life-threatening, according to KXAS-TV. "I'm not a killer or anything like that, but I do believe in defending what's mine", the unidentified woman said. She is not facing any charges.

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