Picture this: You get home after a long day at work, step out of the car and you’re instantaneously held-up by a group of men who attempt to forcibly to steal your vehicle.
This is the exact scenario that Kari Bird, a mother of three who works full-time and is attending law school, encountered when she arrived home around 11:30 p.m. last Wednesday. But rather than cowering, Bird became an unsuspecting hero after she pulled a gun and defended herself, preventing them from taking the vehicle and sending them running.
The Indianapolis, Ind., resident told WXIN-TV that the group of four young men initially approached her, with the lead carjacker smiling and then quickly pulling out a gun. After telling Bird to give him her keys, she complied. But she then realized that all of her books and belongings were in the car, so she took a risk and made a quick decision, reaching into her console and pulling out a gun of her own.
“[He said], ‘Oh s***’ and then ran,” Bird, who appeared to be wearing a pentagram necklace, told the outlet.
She also said that the young men appeared to be teenagers, something that profoundly disturbed her.
“If these were my kids and they were out at 11:30 at night, terrorizing women, I would scare the life out of them,” Bird added.
The situation happened very quickly in her driveway, with Bird telling WTHR-TV that she was in disbelief. While she said that she doesn’t want to be an example of why one should or should not carry a gun, she discussed her own reasons for possessing one.
“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 in her WTHR-TV interview. “It is personal protection, but I have never had to use it.”
The outlet claims that authorities will likely patrol around her neighborhood in the wake of the incident and that police may also rely upon surveillance video from a nearby gas station to try and find the four young men.
As for Bird, she recommends that women keep their guard up and pay attention to ensure their own self-protection.