Indianapolis mom's quick thinking fends off carjackers
By Steve Jefferson, WTHR Crimebeat reporter - bio | email
Kari grabbed the gun from her car to scare off young carjackers.
The woman's quick thinking turned the tables on carjackers who demanded the keys to her car on the northwest side.
"It went so fast that I could not even believe it was happening," the woman, Kari, said.
Just talking about the attack by a gunman during an attempted carjacking, Kari had to hold back tears. The mother of three, a law school student, showed Eyewitness News what happened outside her SUV that forced her to pull out her own gun.
"I do have a gun carry permit and I do carry a gun. I yanked over my passenger door and pulled it out and at that point, they scattered," Kari said.
The attack happened at 11 p.m. Wednesday in her driveway as she returned home from law school, another reason she carries a weapon.
"It is personal protection, but I have never had to use it, ever," she said.
Gun permit rates for women in Indiana are soaring. An all-female gun training class in Boone County usually has a waiting list.
For now, Kari is glad she's okay, but is concerned that her attackers were very young and may even live close by.
"I have run into a group of boys down at the Speedway and I have always smiled at them and said hello," she said.
After the scariest moment of her life, she now advises everyone - especially women - to never let your guard down.
"I stayed calm and was able to act," she said.
Kari says her attackers who stood behind the teenager with the gun looked to be even younger. Detectives will most likely check security video from a nearby gas station and increase patrols near Kari's home.