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Indianapolis woman turns tables on would-be carjacking teenagers

- The Washington Times - Monday, September 9, 2013

An Indianapolis woman turned the tables on a group of would-be carjacking teenagers after she met one of the suspect's barrel with a gun of her own.

Law student Kari Bird was exiting her car outside her home at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when a group of three or four male youths, ages 14 to 17, approached her, a local Fox affiliate reported.

"I really didn't think too much about it, one of [them] was smiling," Ms. Bird said — that is, until the smiling man pulled out a firearm.

"He told me to ... give him my keys," Ms. Bird told the station.

Shortly after handing over her keys, the woman remembered that all of her very pricey law books were still in the car. She quickly reacted by reaching into her center console and drawing her own gun on the suspect.

"[He said], 'Oh, [expletive], and then ran," said Ms. Bird, who is also a mother. "If these were my kids and they were out at 11:30 at night, terrorizing women, I would scare the life out of them," Ms. Bird said.

"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," she said told the station. "It is personal protection, but I have never had to use it."

The law student wasn't ready to advocate for gun ownership, but she did say people, especially women, should keep aware of their surroundings.

"You have to be aware of what can happen," Ms. Bird said.

Police have not yet found any of the suspects. The one who allegedly pulled the gun was described as husky and wearing a black hoodie.

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