Michelle Booker-Hicks was at the Shell station along Interstate 35 around 10 p.m. Wednesday when Ricky Wright, 36, attempted to steal her vehicle while she was paying her gas bill, police said.
Police say she grabbed her gun and shot the carjacker in the face when he refused to stop, causing him to crash.
The suspect crashed the vehicle into a telephone pole nearby after being shot. She told KDFW in Dallas her two sons, ages 2 and 4, were in the backseat.
"I wasn't necessarily anxious about my auto", she said.
"I wish I would've killed you, if I didn't already", she told CBS Dallas.
Booker-Hicks said that her husband had helped her reload the gun earlier that day before she placed it in the glove compartment.
The woman ran out of the store and tried to stop Wright and get him out of the vehicle. "My main objective is to get my kids safe", she said.
Wright was taken to a hospital, where his injuries are considered non-life-threatening, according to KXAS-TV. He faces two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was arrested at the scene and will likely face kidnapping and carjacking charges. I just wanted to give him a warning shot.
Police say Wright was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, but that the woman and children werent injured.
I was just reacting fast, anxious about my kids.