Chicago (CBS) – A woman retaliated and opened fire with her gun when a potential carjacker pointed a gun at her outside a bank in Roseland on Monday afternoon.
CBS 2’s Germont Terry spoke with the woman exclusively afterward. She did not appear on camera, but did speak for the audio recording.
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The woman fired at the carjacker when he approached her at gunpoint while she was getting into her car in the parking lot of Chase Bank at 10260 S. Michigan Ave.
Hours later, a bullet from the bullets fired by the woman remained lying on the ground. The woman said she had just left the bank and had some cash in her hand – but before she could get to her car, parked a few feet from the front door of the bank – she said that someone And opened his front door and a gun was aimed at his head.
“Thank God I had my gun, or I might have just died,” said the woman.
The woman expressed raw emotion as she reflected on how her quick run to the bank left her heart racing.
“I had just come out of the bank and got in my car to lock my door to go on vacation, and he opened my door and put a gun to my face,” the woman said.
The thief was not expecting the woman, who has a concealed carry license, to pull out her gun.
“And when he saw me getting mine, he was shocked — and I started shooting, and he started running,” she said. “He ran.”
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The woman does not remember how many times she fired.
“Hell no – just started busting,” she said.
The woman doesn’t even know whether she killed the potential carjacker, but she knows the shots were from very close range. She reversed her Nissan Versa, and Chase pulled right out of the bank—then ran inside for help.
The woman hopes that the next person is thinking about carjacking anyone, realizing that they may not be the only ones doing the packing.
“I pray every night that I don’t have to shoot anyone, but if I have to, I’m ready and ready,” the woman said. “So god, I was ready.”
It was still unclear late Monday whether any of the woman’s shots hit Carjacker or Carjacker, but we do know that Chicago police were investigating with regional hospitals to see if someone walked in with a gunshot wound. No.
Police is also probing the surveillance video.
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In the meantime, we know that thankfully the woman was at home late Monday night — and she’s crediting her concealed carry license with allowing her to go home safely.