SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - A 17-year-old girl is back at school Tuesday, one day after she was shot by a car thief in San Jose. Police say the girl is lucky she wasn't seriously injured.
Sarah Hogan is a senior at Pioneer High School and is still shaken up. She said she went after the suspect in the heat of the moment. Hogan now has her arm sling.
“I was just really angry and in the moment,” said Hogan. “I kind of made a rash decision. It wasn't smart. I obviously regret it because I got shot.”
Hogan was hanging out with group of her friends near Winfield and Coleman in San Jose around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. She left her keys in the ignition because she said she was lazy, a move she now knows was irresponsible.
She then noticed a man stealing her car. She chased him down the street and confronted him, opening her car door.
“I opened it and said get out of my car,” said Hogan. ““He didn't say anything. He immediately pulled out the gun and I was just shocked. I didn't even what to do.”
The man shot her with a handgun just three feet away.
“I feel really lucky,” said Hogan. “My friend who was sitting in the car said he was aiming for my head.”
The suspect took off running. Police recovered the stolen car and are now getting fingerprints.
“It is property,” said Sgt. Enrique Garcia of San Jose Police. “Your life is more important. Consider instead of going after the suspect, providing information to police, suspect's description, and [direction] the car is leaving.”
“I never thought that I would get shot,” said Hogan. “I see it in movies. You don't think it's going to happen to you or anyone you love.”