Armed Robber Killed By Concealed Carry Licensee

An armed robber was killed by a concealed carry licensee in Chicago on Sunday, November 1, according to Fox News.

The armed robber was attempting to hold up a store in one of Chicago’s many distinct neighborhoods when he was killed by the 55-year-old concealed carrier.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the robber chose the wrong store since one of its customers was shopping armed.

“A man walked into a business that included a currency exchange about 7 p.m. and pulled out a gun, threatened the employee behind the counter and announced a robbery, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

“A customer in the store withdrew his own weapon and fired at the suspect, Guglielmi said. Other customers were in the business at the time, but authorities could not immediately say how many.

“Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, of the 5000 block of South California, was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The business was on the 7200 block of West 51st Street.”

The newspaper went onto report Gildersleeve had an extensive criminal history which included past armed robberies.

As for the hero, police told the Sun-Times he did have a concealed carry permit and provided an identification card stating his ability to conceal carry. Even though he was able to provide the documentation requested and he appeared to be acting in self-defense, police have said the robbery is still under investigation to determine “whether any charges will be filed.”

An armed robbery in Chicago was stopped by a concealed carry licensee Sunday (November 1). Police are investigating the robbery and shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
An armed robbery in Chicago was stopped by a concealed carry licensee Sunday (November 1). Police are investigating the robbery and shooting. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

While it appears the concealed carry holder in this case may very well have saved customers and employees at the Chicago store where the robbery happened, his case is the exact opposite of another case at a Home Depot in early October.

At a Home Depot in Auburn Hills, Michigan, shoplifters left the store with a variety of goods. But instead of calling the police to handle the situation, a concealed carry holder in the store shot at the exiting vehicle holding the shoplifters. The Blaze reported other concealed carry holders were livid with the shooter’s actions, which were under investigation by local police.

“We as CPL holders are not the police and should never act as such!!!” a poster added to the police station’s Facebook page. “Ridiculous and should have her permit removed.”

“I carry. This shooter should not,” another individual wrote, adding that the woman “was not under a threat and the suspect was fleeing for stealing. This is the crap that gives weapons owners a bad name.”

No one was reported injured when the concealed carrier in Michigan fired at the fleeing vehicle, but individuals reported to be upset, with The Blaze calling attention to the fact that children and others could have been in the parking lot and may have faced the barrage of bullets released from the concealed carrier’s firearm.

While the robbery in Chicago was stopped by a concealed carrier, other incidents have occurred to call into question the safety of concealed carry. An incident in October in Michigan involved a concealed carrier opening fire on a fleeing vehicle holding shoplifting suspects at a Home Depot.(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
While the robbery in Chicago was stopped by a concealed carrier, other incidents have occurred to call into question the safety of concealed carry. An incident in October in Michigan involved a concealed carrier opening fire on a fleeing vehicle holding shoplifting suspects at a Home Depot.(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The question of whether an armed robber killed by a concealed carrier or another concealed carrier firing on fleeing shoplifters keeps us safe is sure to never fully be answered, but the Washington Post has looked at several cases where a concealed carry permit holder has stopped a mass shooter. The following incidents were highlighted by the paper: a concealed-carry Uber driver in Chicago shot a man who was firing into a crowd, a Philadelphia shooting in a barber shop was stopped by a customer with a concealed carry permit, and a 2007 shooting at two churches in Colorado Springs was stopped by a volunteer security guard at one of the churches.

In writing this story, no statistical studies could be found to highlight whether concealed carry holders prevent crime and mass shootings, but there is no doubt that one armed robber in Chicago is dead Sunday at the hands of a concealed carrier.

[Image by Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images]