This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A mother in Miami Gardens, Florida protecting her 10-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son from a would-be robber thwarted his plans when she pulled a shotgun on him earlier this month.

Surveillance video shows the alleged thief attempting to enter the Florida home on March 4.

“All of the sudden I hear some banging noise. I thought it was my dreams or something,” she told television station WPLG in Miami.

That’s when the woman’s motherly instincts kicked in and she grabbed the shotgun from her bedroom. As soon as the burglar broke through the door, he was greeted by the barrel of the gun.

“I will do anything to protect my family,” the woman told WPLG.

The moment scared the burglar as much as the family.

“He was running for his life and he kept looking back making sure I wasn’t going to just shoot him in the back,” said the mother, who asked to not be identified .

The mother said her kids were the reason she refrained from pulling the trigger.

The burglar fled in a stolen Mercedez-Benz — which has since been recovered — and remains at large, according to police.