Indianapolis police are searching for three teenagers who allegedly left 67-year-old Kay Kise with broken bones, bleeding on her brain, and an eye swollen shut after the group allegedly tried to steal the grandmother's van at gunpoint.

"I know it's just a vehicle, but it's the only thing I've got," Kise told the Indianapolis Star. "And I don't have no money to buy another one with. So they weren't going to take it from me."

The alleged altercation started, Kise told WTHR, when one of the teens stopped Kise outside her home and pretended to ask for directions. "He come up to my car and he said, 'Do you know where Hendricks Place is?'" Kise told the TV station. "I told him it was just two blocks over and continued grabbing my shopping bags. The next thing you know, I turned back around and he had this gun right in my face."

At some point, two more teens approached and a fight ensued:

That's when a brief struggle started outside the van. Kise suffered several blows to the face and head, but she does not remember getting hit. During the struggle, she screamed several times for help. Her screams got the attention of her 13-year-old next door neighbor Shantel Johnson.

After looking out the window, Shantel noticed her elderly neighbor outside her van.

"So I went down to see what was wrong, and her face was bleeding and it was swollen," said Johnson. "So I ran back upstairs and I was like, 'Mom, Mrs. Kay is hurt! Mrs Kay is hurt!'"

The Johnsons called 911, but by the time officers could get on the scene, the three suspects were long gone.

Kise, apparently undaunted by a gun pointed at her face, said she smacked the gun away from her attackers and told them, "You are not taking my car. I have not had it that long and you are not getting it."

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