CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A T-Mobile store which has been targeted on numerous occasions by armed robbers was also the location of a recent defensive gun use incident involving an employee.
According to ABC 7 Eyewitness News, a store employee with a legal permit to carry a concealed firearm, opened fire after two armed robbers withdrew their handguns and announced their intentions to rob the store. One employee dove in the back to call for help while the other drew his own concealed carry handgun and shot both robbers — one in the groin and shoulder and another in the abdomen and shoulder. Neither robber had the opportunity to discharge their firearms before being struck by rounds. Both robbers attempted to flee and the concealed carry employee chased after in order to give a better description of the suspects to the police.
Not much need, though, because with urgent bullet wounds, there’s not a lot of time either robber has to stay out of a hospital. Once they arrived, both suspects were identified by police and both listed as in serious condition.
The manager of that T-Mobile hailed the quick thinking and actions of both employees.
“I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee,” said Neil Tadros, store manager.
Next door, a men’s barber shop quickly figured out the situation and correctly chose to take cover.
“We just started hearing gunshots. At first we couldn’t really tell what it was, but it was coming back to back so we kinda caught on. Everybody hit the floor and just took cover,” Brown said.
Chicago has faced a very fast-paced violent crime season starting off in the New Year. It’s good to see concealed carriers taking their responsibility seriously and being prepared to handle the gravity of the situation.