CHICAGO, IL — An Illinois man was shot and killed when he made the disastrous decision to try to rob a man at gunpoint on the streets of Chicago. Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the intended victim, the man was armed.
He was more than willing to defend his life from a thug.
As the Sun-Times Media Wire reports:
Shaquille Gales, 23, of Bellwood, walked up to the older man about 5:45 p.m. in the 5500 block of West Thomas Street, pulled out a gun and demanded his property, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The 58-year-old, a concealed-carry permit holder, pulled out his own weapon and shot the attempted robber, police said.
Gales was taken to West Suburban Medical in Oak Park, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said.
An autopsy Tuesday found Gales died from a gunshot wound to the chest through his arm, according to the medical examiner’s office. His death was ruled a homicide. Police initially reported that Gales was shot in the back of the head.
Being shot in the back of the head seems odd, bordering upon unlikely, and I honestly can’t say how the police would have deduced that conclusion from a death by shot to the chest.
Maybe there were multiple shots fired, but that seems unlikely — going for head shots in a self-defense scenario is best left to video games, and it seems unlikely that shot would even have been attempted, much less made.
Regardless, we couldn’t be happier that this permitted carrier was armed at the right time and the right place to prevent a tragedy to his own life.
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