Don't mess with Momma's babies!
Pregnant St. Paul Mother Shoots Assailant
(WCCO) St. Paul A Twin Cities family had something extra to celebrate this Easter weekend.
A St. Paul mother, eight months pregnant, defended herself and her toddler against a robber who entered the family convenience store claiming to have a gun.
Susana Khalil was behind the counter Saturday while her husband Joe Khalil ran an errand. While he was gone, a woman entered the store pretending to have a gun in a bag.
The store surveillance tape shows the suspect aggressively confronting Susana while her 2-year-old daughter sits nearby.
"She walked to just right to her quick ... and went to attack her right away," said Joe. "My wife has a big stomach like this, she's eight months pregnant."
The two women struggled briefly at the counter. According to Joe, Susana was likely fighting for the safety of her children.
When the suspect appeared to move toward their daughter, Susana shot the suspect in the shoulder blade, near the collarbone.
She had never fired a gun before.
"My wife (has) probably never seen something like that except on TV," said Joe. "For defending her family ... she is a hero. She is my hero, actually."
Darleen El Bassar, a family friend, said she was likely acting out of maternal reflexes: "If something is happening to your baby, you get fast, you get quick. Your motherly instinct kicks in, that's it."
The suspect was in stable condition at Regions Hospital Saturday night and is expected to make a full recovery, which gives the Khalil family some comfort.
Susana suffered minor scrapes on her hands, and her daughter is distraught, but all signs indicate their unborn child is fine following the attack.
"She's not a tough lady ... she proved it that's she's tough yesterday," said Joe. "But she's not a tough lady, she's a soft lady."