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Attempted carjacking in South Jackson, suspect arrested

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A Richland woman says she's lucky to be alive after a bullet pierces her car.

"All I know is I left work," says Wanda Smith. "I work for a living. I was not going to let some thug try to take my car or my life."

But that almost happened. Wednesday evening around 5:00 p.m., Smith made the left turn from TV Road onto Robinson Road Extension in South Jackson. She saw a man with a gun.

"Coming toward me on the left-hand side of the road, and he had a gun held and positioned like he was fixing to shoot," she says.

Then, Smith's worst nightmare came true.

"Oh, it was a huge boom!" she says. "I wasn't stopping, so I gunned it, and thank God I did."

Smith says the man tried to carjack her. The gun he fired from just eight feet away put a bullet hole in the body of her car, but it could have been much worse.

"If it had hit my window, I wouldn't be standing here right now," says Smith.

She quickly called 911 and described the suspect as best she could. During our interview, Smith's phone rang. A Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy sent her a picture asking if they caught the right guy.

"Yes, that's him!" she says. "Yes! He shot at me with a gun!"

Chief Deputy Chris Picou says this kind of violent crime is on the rise.

"A lot of kids are out of school," he says. "A lot of them have nothing else to do, and they find themselves getting into trouble. We do see juvenile crimes rise in the summertime."

The suspect in the case is a teenager younger than the age of 18. He has been arrested but has not yet been charged. Deputies say because of the violent nature of the crime, he could be charged as an adult.

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