A fierce mother-to-be protected her family from an unprovoked attack over Memorial Day weekend.
A family that was visiting Little Rock, Arkansas to celebrate a memorable weekend on their daughter’s seventh birthday became the victims of a violent attack.
The families’ names were not disclosed for safety reasons, but the father said that they planned the out-of-town trip to go to the zoo, a few water parks, and spend quality time with the birthday girl and her sister.
Their day of celebration turned into horror, as the family was packing up their car in a parking garage located in Little Rock’s popular River Market district.
The father was allegedly assaulted from behind by 37-year-old Markevious King, who hit him multiple times and wrestled him to the ground.
He then went after the 25-year-old pregnant mother, who was sitting in the vehicle’s driver’s seat.
King punched the woman in the face, then got the surprise of a lifetime, when she pulled out a gun and shot him.
When police arrived on the scene, they found King on the ground near the car with gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
He was taken to a local hospital and is currently in critical condition, according to the Little Rock Police Department.
While the children were fortunately unharmed during the incident, both the mother and father sustained injuries.
She had several contusions on her head from being punched by King, while the dad was left with a fractured rib.
“A lot of things could’ve happened and we never know what he was really planning or anything, or if he was trying to kidnap our girls or just trying to steal the car or what,” the father said about the scary ordeal.
Amazingly, the couple is not going to let the attack shape their future plans to visit the area.
“We live near Memphis, and this kind of happens to people here all the time,” he told local news outlet KARK.
“So, I mean, it’s not something we are going to let shine down or shadow down on our lives because we do like to travel.”
It’s unclear if the woman possesses a concealed carry permit in Tennessee, but Arkansas’s constitutional carry law allows both resident and non-residents to conceal carry within the state.
As the shooting was clearly in self-defense, the police have not charged the pregnant woman with shooting King.