For the second time in one week a Chicago store clerk has shot armed robbers in his store and concealed carry has thwarted yet another crime.
This time it was at a T-mobile retail store where 2 men entered the store and pulled out guns as they attempted to rob it. Little did they know that one of the employees of the store was a concealed carry permit holder and this was NOT a gun-free zone.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Two men drew handguns as they entered a cell phone store, 2051 E. 95th St., in the Calumet Heights neighborhood around 11 a.m., prompting one of the workers at the store to take out his own firearm and shoot them, according to an account from employees given to Neil Tadros, who identified himself as the district manager for T-Mobile.
The employee shot both of the suspects, but they fled the store, got in a car and drove themselves to the hospital, Tadros said. At the time the suspects brandished weapons, employees acted, “pretty much to protect themselves when guns are drawn at them,” Tadros said.
“Thank God for concealed carry.”
The two were suspects in the attempted robbery, and charges were pending, police said.
AJ Joudeh, who identified himself as a regional manager for T-Mobile, said the company allows employees with concealed carry licenses to have weapons at work. In the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting, Joudeh closed the store and sent employees home for the day.
So the armed robbers went straight from the T-mobile store to the hospital. That was not exactly their plan, but it made it a whole lot easier for police to arrest the two men and keep them off the streets for while at least.
The district manager of the store understands a lot more about the reality of gun violence than most of our own politicians. He said he hoped that allowing employees to have concealed weapons would be a deterrent, furthermore saying,
“A lot of people think they can go out and rob people without anyone defending themselves. It’s a great thing to have to protect yourself even when you’re not in your business. If you’re out in the streets and someone is threatening your life, you can go out and protect yourself.”