Armed Mom Shoots Man Stealing SUV with Children Inside

Dallas Texas-( Independence Day should be a day of celebration and jubilance, but for one mother and her two young children that happened to stop at a southern Dallas Shell gas station around 10 P.M., it would become a night that they would never forget. Every parent’s nightmare is their kids being kidnapped. That nightmare came true for the women on this fateful stop, but she had the mindset and the tools to affect the outcome of the crime.

While Michelle Booker-Hicks was paying for her gas, she saw a man get into her car with her two-year-old and four-year-old sons. Knowing that the police would not be able to help in her desperate time of need, she decided to act to protect her kids from the carjacker.

The man sped off in Booker-Hicks’ car, but not before she was able to jump into the back seat with her children to confront the thief. The carjacker didn’t seem threatened by Booker-Hicks actions, but all that was about to change.

“I proceeded to jump in my backseat and told the gentleman to stop, to get out the car. He would not get out of the car,” she told the local Fox affiliate. “He turned around and looked at me. I reached over the armrest to get my glove compartment, and that’s when I fired at him once I got the gun from my glove compartment.”

The man, who police identified as 36-year-old Ricky Wright, was hit by a single shot to the head fired from Booker-Hicks’ pistol, and after being hit by the bullet fired by the mother, he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road. The car plowed into a fence and came to a stop. The hero mother and her kids were not hurt in the collision. Emergency workers took Wright to the hospital where doctors treated him for his gunshot wounds sustained in the carjacking attempt.

The mother does not have any regrets about the shooting of the carjacker to save her family. She was not going to let herself or her kids become a statistic. She only fired one shot but wished she had emptied the magazine into the would be a carjacker.

“I’m not a killer, but I do believe in defending what’s mine,” Booker-Hicks said. “I hope that woke him up.”

Texas gun laws are an advantage to law-abiding citizens. In other states such as New York or California, the state makes the mothers helpless in protecting her children. Gun advocates are using this feat of heroism to show how people use guns to save lives.

Ricky Wright
Ricky Wright

The now shot Ricky Wright was arrested and is expected to be charged by police for kidnapping and the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle or carjacking. It isn’t clear if Wright knew the children were in the car or what he was planning to do with them. What is clear is that once he realize the woman and her kids were in the car he was not going to pull over.

This act of defending one’s family shows how a good guy can use a gun to stop a bad guy. It also shows that criminals should avoid provoking a mama bear with her cubs.

About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at

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If this happened in California, she would be in jail, the kids would be in foster care, and the criminal would be suing her for pain and suffering.

CPT Taggart

Fortunately, she is in Texas and thus does not have to deal with Communist/Progressive idiocy.
Oh, and when she is found “justified” by the Grand Jury ( and she will- Texas Penal Code 9.32 explicitly states it’s reasonable to use deadly force on a carjacker and also on an aggravated kidnapper) Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code Sec. 83.001 , takes over. It provides immunity from successful lawsuit by the bad guy or his estate.

David Blakeman

Great job, too bad the SOB is still living. But I have two questions for the lady, 1 Why did you leave two children in a car with the keys in it? 2 Why did you have a gun in the glove box that a four year old could git his hands on it? Just asking.

K. Oades

Nominate her for mother of the year!
Nothing in nature is more dangerous than a mother protecting their young. GOOD JOB!!!


No one knows if he would have strong armed her or beat her til she gave up said keys. If she had been knocked out no telling what would have happened. He was of a mindset to steal her car, regardless, then not pullover after finding out all three were in the car. That’s three counts of kidnapping. The fact she jumped in the car should have been enough for him to stop, unless he thought he was gonna get so.e free female time,.true keys in ignition is not a good thing but you guys excoriate her for this, when… Read more »


I have left my keys in the ignition when standing next to my car filling with gas. STOP, that’s it. If I’m walking away I take the keys, if there’s anything of value, guns, kids, etc, I lock the doors. She is damn lucky she was able to get to her gun otherwise they thug would have not only got her car, her kids, but a gun to do what he wanted with. KEEP YOUR GUN ON YOU OR CARRY SOMETHING YOU CAN CARRY ON YOU, pepper spray, knife, tac-pen. I small tac-pen in the guys neck would have had… Read more »


A car that new has a ringer in it that warns you if you leave the keys in the ignition and exit the vehicle. The sound is enough of an annoyance to make you want to take the keys out of the ignition. Even before this safety feature I took my keys out out of the ignition when I got out of the car. It is just common sense. Due to her lack of use of common sense she almost lost her kids. Time for her to put her thinking cap on and remove keys along with not leaving a… Read more »

Heed the Call-up

My car doesn’t use a key, but if the engine is on and you exit the vehicle it does make noise.


good suggestions about taking keys and having the gun on your person. Other than that you’re a moron.

Wild Bill

@Joe, Take it easy, man. With so many enemies seeking our demise, we need not insult each other.


Rhee are more than one joe on this message. I didnt call anyone a moron….. lots of PMA. But that one wasn’t me… I’m the near blond one with peaky dames phone changing twxt…


@Joe who the hell are you to call someone a moron. Are you a rocket scientist or a brain surgeon? Neither would be that disrespectful against another person without any knowledge of them. Why don’t you go back to eating shit and barking at the moon. You uncouth asshat.

CPT Taggart

The Texas Penal Code considers your car an extension of your home. Perfectly legal for any law abiding adult citizen or legal resident to carry a loaded pistol in the glove box or anywhere else in the car as long as it is concealed. No license required.
The lady should consider on-body Carry / it’s better than a glove box.


It really is unfortunate the man is not dead. The world does not need his sort


Anyone who leaves thekeys in the car’s ignition when they are away from the car, or even outside it and close by, needs to reassess. Had she had those keys ON HER when she was inside the station, he never could have started the car or driven off.
Same wiht her handgun.. he nearly got away with her two kids, her car, AND her gun. Don’t arm the thugs!!!! Keep yer handgun where it belongs. ON your person.


Ricky, we just got your X-Rays back, and we think we know what’s wrong. YOU’RE S T U P I D!!!

Sorry, we have no treatment for that…


Momma bear 1 POS 0

James Andrews

I know…this is a great story! Go Mamma Bear!


The article says she knew what to but doesn’t say if she was leagally carrying.


It was in the glove box.

None Ya Biz

She was. Texas allows carry in automobiles as long as they are concealed. Tennessee allows carry either open or concealed in automobiles. The law considers you vehicle as an extension of your home.

Heed the Call-up

Klang, in Texas it is legal to have a loaded handgun in the vehicle, though it must be concealed, which in the glove compartment, according to Texas law, is concealed. So, unless she was not legally allowed to possess a firearm, it was legal. A quick Internet search gave me the answer to your post.


Does not matter. Her RIGHT to go about armed is inviolate. Further, it says the handgun was in the monkeybox, NOT on her person. My opinion is it SHOULD have been on her person. SHe nearly did not get into the car in time.. this thug COULD have got off with her two kids, AND her handgun.. one more punk now an armed punk. Anyone wanting to fuss aobut the niggly points of law when her kids’ lives are on the line needs their own head examined. Since when is complaince with silly and mostly unconstitutional laws a higher moral… Read more »

Matt in Oklahoma

Good for her. I hope she wears the gun now. She got lucky because just having it isn’t enough and cars make terrible holsters.

Wild Bill

Were I governor, I would give her a medal, an automatic pardon, and a shoulder holster.

Wayne Clark

@WB, I agree with all,you said except for the pardon. She did nothing to get pardoned from. I admire her restraint for not doing what she said she would have liked to have done. She stopped the threat & that was enough. Dude was lucky she had self-control. If that were me, you may have had to pardon me cause my kids are my life & there ain’t no SOB going to walk away from harming or kidnapping my kids if I can help it…intentional or not. Just make sure the shoulder holster is vertical & fits a S&W 66… Read more »

Wild Bill

@WC, the pardon would be superfluous, of course, but would dissuade any over zealous prosecutor types.