Two armed robbers who entered a South Side Chicago T-Mobile store Wednesday thinking it would be an easy score were sent packing to the hospital.
Instead of money, they were met by an employee with a concealed carry permit and the will to use it, according to Chicago ABC affiliate WLS Channel 7 News.
“I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases,” store manager Neil Tadros told the station. “And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee.”
Tadros indicated that the two men walked into the store pretending to be customers and after a few minutes of looking at phones, they each pulled out a gun.
He says two men entered the store and acted like they were shopping for phones for a few minutes, then pulled out guns.
One employee ran to the back to call for help while the other pulled out his own gun and fired at the two suspects. He hit one of them in the groin and the arm, and the other in the abdomen and the arm.
The men ran from the store with the employee chasing them, on the phone giving a description to police.
The suspects then drove to a nearby hospital where police took them into custody.
Neighboring stores told WLS that the cell phone store had been robbed several times before.
“We just started hearing gunshots,” said Ed Brown, who was working in the salon next door. “At first we couldn’t really tell what it was, but it was coming back to back so we kinda caught on. Everybody hit the floor and just took cover.”
Watch the News clip via ABC 7 Chicago.
ABC 7 tweeted:
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 13, 2016
President Obama told a rape victim at his town hall on gun violence that citizens protecting themselves with guns is never a good idea and could lead to more violence.
His statement was still in everyone’s memory.
— JohnKerry’s Forehead (@JKerrysForehead) January 14, 2016
Conservative radio and TheBlaze host Dana Loesch had this to say.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 13, 2016
— Netflix and Chill (@Haamrtime) January 13, 2016
— Michael Ergler (@RockRaccoon) January 14, 2016
Chicago makes it difficult for anyone to obtain a concealed carry permit. Luckily for Tadros and his employees, the Windy City didn’t make it impossible.
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