Tamika McNeil had just arrived home when she was approached by a man with a gun trying to carjack her. McNeil had her own gun and shot the teen suspect, while his shots missed her.
Officers followed his blood trail but could not find him. Later police found and arrested the 16-year-old after he went to a local hospital with a wound needing surgery.
Sabrina McNeil says she wasn't at home when the tense moments unfolded involving her sister, but their mother contacted her with the details.
"My mom just texted me and told me that she was carjacked at gunpoint and she fired back," she said.
Family members say the victim is licensed to carry a gun and they're thankful for that because they believe this story would have a different ending.
"It could have went way different if she didn't have (a gun)," Sabrina said.
A concerned neighbor who does not want to be identified described what he heard in the early morning.
"I heard at least 5 to 6 gunshots and then a vehicle speed off," he said. "I didn't see anything because when you hear gunshots you don't run looking."
"It's scary seeing everything that's going on and seeing it happen to your own family," said Sabrina. "It's scary."