Detroit woman shoots at would-be carjackers

DETROIT – A woman fired shots would-be carjackers Tuesday as they demanded her to get out of the car.

She goes by C.C. and didn't want her full name to be used in this story. She took a wrong turn at Alma and Garnet avenues on her way to the hairdresser's. While making a u-turn three men approached her car and tried to take it. They went as far opening to the door and shooting at her. There are two bullet holes.

However, the bold thieves learned they were messing with the wrong Detroiter.

"When I see him with the gun as he approached me to take the car, I lifted my gun up on the door and I began to shoot," said C.C. "So when he shot I was shooting back."

She keeps her gun -- .357 caliber Sig Sauer G2 -- in the side door of her vehicle. She has a concealed carry permit. It's her weapon of choice which she has trained with at area ranges. It holds 13 hollow point rounds. She emptied the clip at the thieves who scurried away near some abandoned homes.

"All the residents of the city need to come together and take back this city from the thugs and the criminals that have taken over this city, and if you live in fear you'll never bring this city back," she said.

C.C. is particularly offended at the notion Detroiters can't safely buy gasoline at night. Police Chief James Craig, who has applauded citizens for protecting themselves with legal firearms, called getting gas at night a bad idea.

"You should be able to go anytime to get gas. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, right? Why can't we act like it?" said C.C.

The gun pictured in this story lodged in C.C.'s door is her backup 9mm. Detroit police have her .357. She's supposed to get it back on Thursday.

Police say she legally defended herself and, so far, it appears no one was hurt on the shooting.

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