On October 31, a masked, armed robber was shot and killed by a customer with a concealed carry permit in a Chicago neighborhood corner store, according to police.
The Chicago Tribune reports the incident occurred around 7 p.m., after police say 55-year-old Reginald Gildersleeve entered the store, “announced a robbery… and displayed a handgun.”
According to Fox News/AP, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Gildersleeve pointed his gun at a female employee and “forced her to the back of the store.” At that point, the customer with a concealed permit opened fire, striking Gildersleeve multiple times.
Gildersleeve was pronounced dead at the scene.
The name of the concealed carry permit holder has not been released, and Guglielmi said police are “looking at it as a self-defense issue at this point.”
It is interesting to note that the news of the concealed permit holder foiling an armed robbery in Chicago comes just days after the New York Times said stories of concealed permit holders intervening to halt crimes were part of a “myth.” The NYT described “the notion of quick-draw resistance” as “fool-hardy” and suggested concealed carry “compounds the risk to innocent lives.”
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