"Thank God I'm alive:" Woman carjacked at gunpoint recounts terrifying ordeal

MILWAUKEE -- A Cedarburg mother becomes the victim of a carjacking. It happened near 3rd and Lincoln in Milwaukee -- and the terrifying ordeal has this mother warning others.

It happened in a matter of minutes.

A gun was pointed at this Cedarburg mother, and her vehicle was stolen.

But ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, she says she has something to be thankful for.

"It's a horrible feeling. I was just crying and screaming. I was like 'why?'" the victim, who did not want to be identified, said. "Why is this happening to me?"

It happened on Tuesday morning, November 24th.

"They were there waiting for me," the woman said.

She was at her sister's home on the city's south side -- leaving to take her son to school. While she started the car, her son ran inside quick.

Suddenly, two men approached -- and one was armed.

"When he pointed the gun right in my face -- it never happened to me before. It was just horrible," the woman said.

The men took off in her Ford Explorer, as her son ran outside.

"When they passed by me, they were laughing. They were like, 'yeah we got it,'" the woman said.

The woman's husband is trying to process what happened.

"You wonder why they did it. I'm very thankful they didn't kill my wife and my son. There's a lot of people out there who aren't as fortunate as we were," the woman's husband said.

The car has not been recovered -- and neither has the victim's sense of security.

"You never think something like this would happen to you," the woman said.

But despite the crime, this family says ahead of Thanksgiving, there's something to be thankful for.

"Thank God I'm alive. A car can always be replaced," the woman said.