An 17-year-old carjacker died earlier this week after a woman carrying concealed shot him in the head during an attempted heist on the south side of Chicago the day before Thanksgiving.
What’s the background?
The 23-year-old woman was sitting in a parked vehicle just after 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of East 89th Street when she saw four suspects exit a black sedan, WMAQ-TV reported.
One of the suspects was displaying a gun while trying to open her car door, police told the station.
The woman — a concealed carry license holder, according to cops — fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the head, WMAQ said.
The victim then fled the scene on foot, but another suspect opened fire, striking her in the left arm, the station said.
Paramedics took the shot male to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police told WFLD-TV. He was pronounced dead earlier this week, police told WMAQ.
The woman was taken to Trinity Hospital and listed in fair condition, WFLD-TV reported. She was treated, according to WMAQ, but the station didn’t note her condition or whether she was released from the hospital.
The other three suspects were still at large as of Tuesday, WMAQ said.
In a city filled to the brim with crooks using guns illegally, Chicago concealed carriers have been tallying numerous successes, protecting themselves and others from the worst possible outcomes. Here’s a sampling from this year:
- In September, gunmen opened fire at partygoers outside a home and shot a 13-year-old boy in the head, but the victim’s 21-year-old cousin — a concealed carry license holder — pulled out his gun and shot back, after which the gunmen fled.
- Also in September, a concealed carry license holder shot an armed 13-year-old boy as the boy allegedly was breaking into the concealed carrier’s car.
- In July, a woman with a concealed carry license shot at a group of males who pointed a gun at her as they attempted to steal her car — and a 13-year-old male with the would-be thieves was shot.
- In February, a knife-wielding man in an alley approached a concealed carrier, who shot the man with the knife once in the leg. Police eventually used a Taser on the knife-wielding man and arrested him.