HOUSTON, Texas – A would-be robber was flown by air ambulance to the hospital Friday night after being shot by his intended victim. The Houston woman, a holder of a Concealed Handgun License, pulled her gun after being threatened and shot her attacker in the left shoulder.
The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. in far northeast Harris County. The woman was stopped at a gas station when a man jumped into the passenger seat of her car and pulled out a knife, according to a Houston Chronicle article. The man demanded her cash.
A Harris County sheriff’s deputy said the woman was “cool as a cucumber” and reached into her purse. Instead of pulling out cash, she pulled out a pistol and shot the man one time. “She shoots him one time in the left shoulder,” Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.
The man fled the scene but collapsed a short distance away due to blood loss.
The man is now listed in stable condition after being flown to the hospital via LifeFlight. He was transported by air because of the amount of blood lost. He will be charged with aggravated robbery.
Police said the case appears to be a self-defense shooting, but it will be referred to a Harris County Grand Jury.
The Texas Legislature recently passed HB 910, that would authorize a person with a concealed handgun license to openly carry the firearm. That bill is expected to be signed by Governor Greg Abbott in the near future. The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2016.
Texas law currently allows a person to carry a handgun concealed in a car without a license. There are other places where a person can also carry a handgun without a permit, according to Texas Law Shield. Those are:
- A person’s residence or other real property under their control.
- A person’s private motor vehicle or watercraft if the handgun is concealed, and the person is legal to possess a firearm, is not a member of a street gang, and is not engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C misdemeanor traffic or boating violation.
- A person engaged in lawful fishing, hunting, or other sporting activity on the immediate premises where the activity is conducted, or is en route between the premises and the persons’ residence or motor vehicle, if the firearm is a type commonly used in the activity.
- While storing a loaded firearm, it must be in a place which cannot be accessed by a child under the age of 17, or secured with a trigger lock if there is reason to know that a child under 17 may gain access to the firearm.
Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.