- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A pregnant Alabama woman says she took matters into her own hands when she used her pink handgun to shoot a home intruder last week.

Officers from Birmingham’s west precinct were dispatched to a home on Ethel Avenue about 2:20 a.m. Friday, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Marquita Turner, who has lived in the home for seven months, said she heard someone take the air conditioning unit out of her window and climb inside.

“I grabbed my gun when I woke up. And I walked out of the door and I saw them, the guy in the hallway,” said Ms. Turner, who is five months pregnant. “He was kind of close to me so I shot and he fell. And from that point, I went and turned on the lights and I called the police.

“It was immediate,” she added. “Once I saw him I instantly, it was just fire ‘cause it was adrenaline rush, scared, need to protect myself and my child. It was just fire at that time.”

Ms. Turner said her home had already been broken into three times, and she’s planning on moving. She said she bought her Taurus Millennium 9 mm two years ago for protection, Guns.com reported.

“I thank God that I had protection ‘cause if I didn’t, you never know what could have happened,” she said. “This was my first time pointing and shooting. I never been to a gun range. I never went to target practice or anything. I was just, at the time, protecting myself.”

Ms. Turner said she shot at the man two or three times, hitting him once.

The suspect, who was reported to be 17 years old, was taken to a local hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

According to AL.com, a second man involved in the invasion fled the scene after the shooting. A short time later, he reportedly called police to say his friend had been shot while they were breaking into the home.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the second suspect was in custody.

“You have to protect yourself, without a doubt,” Ms. Turner told NBC News. “Take matters into your own hands. Get some type of protection. Don’t take anything for granted. You got to protect you and your child. Be strong. If it comes down to that, then that’s what you have to do. Don’t be scared.”

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