DETROIT -

A Detroit woman targeted by would-be carjackers surprised them by shooting back at them.

Alaina, who asked only to be identified by her first name, said she walked out of a store at Plymouth Road and Myers Road earlier this month and was confronted by two men. One of them started shooting in an attempt to rob Alaina and steal her sport utility vehicle.

Alaina was shot and wounded. Her vehicle was hit several times, but she has a concealed pistol permit and she returned fire.

"They shot me, they shot me with an AK, they shot me. I'm a CPL license holder and I shot back and I don't know if I hit the guys or not," she said.

Alaina's left hand was hit. She may never be able to use it again. She still believes she did the right thing in returning fire.

"If I didn't, I believe they would have shot us dead instead of shooting and running. So I am glad that I did have my weapon," Alaina said.

Alaina must work to recover from her wounds. She has had to leave her job as a waitress and still care for her three young children. Her SUV was badly damaged by the gunfire and it cannot be driven.

Still, Alaina said things could have been much worse.

"I'm alive. That's what's most important, and God is good."