“You have to protect yourself. Without a doubt. Take matters into your own hands. Get some type of protection. Don’t take anything for granted. You got to protect you and your child. Be strong. If it comes down to that, then that’s what you have to do. Don’t be scared,” Marquita Turner said.
According to WVTM Officers from Birmingham’s west precinct were dispatched to a home on Ethel Avenue around 2:20 a.m. Friday.
Marquita Turner said she’s lived there for seven months, and her house has already been broken into three times.
Now five months pregnant, she said she was taking matters into her own hands when she shot a man who police say was trying to break into her house overnight.
“I thank God that I had protection ’cause if I didn’t, you never know what could have happened,” Turner said. “This was my first time pointing and shooting. I never been to a gun range. I never went to target practice or anything. I was just, at the time, protecting myself.”
She said she got the pink Millennium 9 pistol two years ago for protection.
Two days ago, Turner said she heard somebody breaking into her house at the same spot. Early Friday morning, she said she heard somebody take the air conditioner out of her window and climb inside.
“I grabbed my gun when I woke up. And I walked out of the door and I saw them, the guy in the hallway … he was kind of close to me so I shot and he fell. And from that point, I went and turned on the lights and I called the police,” Turner said.
She said she shot two or three times, hitting the intruder once.
“It was immediate. Once I saw him I instantly, it was just fire ’cause it was adrenaline rush, scared, need to protect myself and my child. It was just fire at that time. It wasn’t no see who it was. It was pitch black. All the lights was off. So I didn’t turn any of the lights on because I know I didn’t want if he came in there, he could see me, he could have harmed me before I harmed him,” Turner said.
She said she’s not scared, but she will be moving.
“You have to protect yourself. Without a doubt. Take matters into your own hands. Get some type of protection. Don’t take anything for granted. You got to protect you and your child. Be strong. If it comes down to that, then that’s what you have to do. Don’t be scared,” Turner said.
The man was taken to UAB and is expected to recover, according to police.