By Erica Heartquist
PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW/CNN) - Police in Portland, Oregon say it's a first. Not the crime, which was attempted carjacking, but the age of the suspects.
Police say it was a 7-year-old and an 11-year-old who tried rob a woman, and they say, those boys had a gun.
"He was just out to hurt somebody," said Ami Garrett, the attempted carjacking victim.
Garrett had the unimaginable happen while waiting in her church parking lot for her parents.
Two boys, one 7-years-old, the other 11-years-old, came up to her truck with a loaded handgun.
"He like flashed me his gun and I said, 'Is that real?' and he's like, 'You don't ever ask somebody if it's real, that's how you get yourself shot,'" said Garrett.
She said the boys demanded her truck, money, and her cell phone. They threatened to shoot her if she didn't give them something.
"He was like, Yeah, it's fully loaded and cocked and ready to blow your brains out,'" said Garrett.
At first Garrett didn't think the gun was real, but then she said, the boys showed her the bullets.
"That's when I realized the gun was real 'cuz those were real bullets," she said.
She again refused to give them anything and took off, calling 911. But police were already on the way. The parents of another boy who had seen the gun had already called police.
"In almost 20 years of police work, I've never heard of anything like this where an 11 and a 7-year-old commit an armed robbery," said Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Department.
Officers arrived and as they approached, the 11-year-old was told to take his hands out of his pockets. He wouldn't.
"Officers grabbed onto him, pulled his hand out and in his pocket was a loaded .22 firearm with a hammer-back, ready to fire," said Sgt. Simpson.
The boys were then released to their parents because police said they're too young to be taken to the juvenile detention center.
"If they were old enough, they'd be booked into the jail and charged with a measure 11 robbery one, which would land them 90 months in prison. They're too young for that. They're too young to even be taken to JDH. They're not set up at the Juvenile Justice Center to be able to handle an 11 and a 7-year-old," said Sgt. Simpson.
That is unsettling for Garret, who says she doesn't see how something like this could ever happen.
"I hope that they get help," she said.
Police say the case will now be referred to the juvenile court, and the head of the juvenile unit will look the home life and parents to figure out what to do with the boys.
Detectives say they are investigating where the 11-year-old got the gun.