A woman, who FOX 8 will not identify, became a carjacking victim in her own driveway on Chatham Drive Thursday morning.
"I was in the process of installing my daughter's car seat, and I heard someone come up behind me and I heard a click," the victim said.
She said it was the click of a gun. The woman turned around to see what she described as a 12- or 13-year-old boy pointing a weapon at her.
"He said, 'back away, back away, back away.' He said, 'where are the keys?' The keys were on the floor of the backseat of my car, so I pointed at the keys," the victim said.
The victim said she started to back away from her vehicle.
"I had my hands up, and at that point, one of the neighbor kids was walking past on his way to school, I guess. And I just said quietly to him, 'Please help me.' He asked me, 'Do you know that man?' I said,'No,'" the victim said.
She said her neighbor calmly turned around and walked back to his house to alert his parents about what was going on. Meanwhile, the victim's children opened the front door of their home and saw their mother being held at gunpoint.
"I yelled at them to close the front door and go into the house. The guy kept telling me, back away. I kept on backing away from the car," the victim said.
The victim said she watched as the boy struggled to get her car started, but couldn't.
"So, he abandoned the car and ran down the street around the corner and left," the victim said.
While the victim's vehicle wasn't stolen, she said the young gunman took away her sense of safety.
"One of the reasons why we chose this neighborhood is because it's quiet and the neighbors are friendly. It feels safe, but I think it's going to take a while before I feel safe again," she said.
Just hours after the incident unfolded, the NOPD arrested five juveniles in a stolen car and linked them to three different carjackings. The victim said while she's glad the juveniles were caught, she's still taken aback by the crime being committed by a child.
"I was just thinking during this incident, how could you do this? You're just a baby. What could be going on in his life that he's got to use a gun to take someone's car?" she said.