DALLAS – A suspected carjacker is in the hospital after a North Texas woman shot him as he tried to take off in her SUV with her two young children in the backseat, reported CBS DFW.

The incident happened just after 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, when Dallas police say the woman stopped for gasoline at a Shell station in the city.

The mother, who didn’t want her identity disclosed, told the station she left her children, ages 2 and 4, in the SUV while she ran inside the convenience store.

However, before she returned, a man jumped into her automobile and tried to drive away. As she saw the nightmare unfold in front of her, she jumped in the backseat of the SUV.

The woman told CBS DFW she tried to get the man, later identified as Ricky Wright, to stop, but he refused. Consequently, she improvised. According to police, she managed to get to her glove box to retrieve a firearm. Once she had it in her possession the protective mother shot Wright in the head.

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Ricky Wright faces a slew of charges related to the crime. (Dallas Police Department)

“I should have just have emptied the whole clip but I didn’t. I didn’t. I just wanted to give him a warning shot, that was it,” the woman told the station. “I’m not a killer or anything like that, but I do believe in defending what’s mine.”

The mother said she had just put the gun in the SUV hours before after her husband helped her with reloading. “I told him that I needed some bullets for my gun and he told me that he was going to go get it.”

Wright crashed into a light pole and was later taken to a local hospital. He was reportedly in serious but stable condition Thursday morning.

As he recovers the mother wanted to tell Wright something. “I wish I would’ve killed you, if I didn’t already,” she said.

The would-be carjacker, who failed to heed the plea to abandon his actions, has been charged with two counts of unlawful restraint and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.

Court records show that Wright has been arrested more than 20 times on a variety of charges — including unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of marijuana, evading arrest, assault and theft.

Police questioned the woman at the scene and released her, the station reported.

Fortunately, neither the mother nor her two children were hurt during the shooting or crash.