Rare as hen's teeth: Concealed carry permit holder thwarts an armed robbery in Chicago, kills assailant

The normal weekend carnage in the president’s hometown of Chicago sports a most unusual incident. Despite all its stringent gun laws, a fully-permitted concealed carry armed citizen managed to prevent an armed robbery at a deli/check cashing store in a poor Hispanic neighborhood.

Jeremy Gorner, Gregory Pratt, and Megan Crepeau (a story so unusual and significant that 3 reporters were assigned) report in the Chicago Tribune:

A robbery was thwarted at a Southwest Side corner store Saturday night when a patron with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed robber, authorities said.

Citing preliminary information, police said a man walked into a store in the 2700 block of West 51st Street in the Gage Park neighborhood around 7 p.m., announced a robbery to an employee working behind the counter and displayed a handgun.

Another employee came from the back of the store and the gunman pointed his weapon at her, police said. He then made her go to the back of the store, which also serves as a currency exchange.

After that, a customer who was also inside the business pulled out a gun and opened fire at the robber, killing him, police said. The robber was believed to be in his 40s, police said.

Police said the shooter has a valid concealed carry license and a valid firearm owner's identification card.

Less notable is the other Chicago carnage so far this weekend:

At least five people have been wounded in other shootings across the city since Saturday night, police said….

How long until the citizen hero is denounced for executing without a trial a poor person just trying to feed starving children (or some other excuse)? Sorry. Someone willing to put in jeopardy the lives of others in order to steal from them has been taken off the streets. If you use lethal force in the commission of a crime, you put your life at risk. Period.

The hero’s identity is (so far) being concealed. Good! A vengeance killing may be avoided that way.

Photo credit: John J. Kim, Chicago Tribune

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