77-Year-Old Gun Owner Kills Alleged Robber in Chicago

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Police in Chicago have reported that a 77-year-old retired Chicago Fire Department Captain used his legally concealed handgun to defend himself against a violent attacker on Saturday.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the man was in the garage of a home in the Burnside area of Chicago around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. That’s when, police say, a vehicle pulled up in front of the home.

A man got out of the car – apparently thinking he’d found an easy target. But the alleged attacker had picked the wrong elderly man, because his intended victim had a concealed weapon on his person.

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According to the Chicago Tribune,

About 12:30 p.m., the retired captain was in an open garage of a home in the 500 block of East 89th Street in the Burnside neighborhood when a vehicle driving through the alley pulled up next to him, police said. An assailant got out of the vehicle, pulled out a gun and demanded the man’s property. The 77-year-old took out his own gun and shot at the would-be robber, hitting him in the head and chest, police said.”

-Chicago Tribune

The alleged attacker died of his gunshot wounds at the scene.

The incident is still under investigation by Chicago Police, though they have confirmed that the 77-year-old man was in possession of a valid FOID card and Concealed Carry permit.

This self-defense shooting brings the total number of shootings in Chicago this year to a staggering 3,766 people as of the first of November.

Meanwhile, gun owners know that only a tiny fraction of those shootings were lawful gun owners using their weapons in self-defense. Instead, the majority of Chicago’s shootings are the work of lawless criminals who couldn’t care less about what gun control laws they’re breaking.

As crime continues to surge in the Windy City, more and more residents are taking the threat of violent crime seriously. For the hero of this story, it likely saved his life.