Chicago Concealed Carrier Fatally Shoots Would-be Robber

Police at the scene of a shooting near 1500 block of West Garfield Boulevard. (Photo: Elyssa Cherney / Chicago Tribune)

Details are sparse at the moment, but local news affiliates in Chicago are reporting a self-defense shooting involving a 58-year-old concealed carrier.

While walking in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side Monday, the man was confronted by 23-year-old Shaquille Gales.

Armed with a gun, Gales demanded the man’s property.  However, quickly the tables turned.  It’s not clear, exactly, how the concealed carrier was able to draw his own gun and get the drop on Gales, but he did.

The 58-year-old fired, hitting Gales in “the back of the head,” the police told the Chicago Tribune.

Gales was sent to the West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.   There, he was pronounced dead.

CBS Chicago is reporting that Gales died from a “gunshot wound to the chest through his arm,” according to an autopsy performed Tuesday.  Gales death was ruled a homicide.

SEE ALSO: Chicago Woman Shoots Attacker with His Own Gun

Two things strike me about this story.  The first is the underreporting.  This seems like a big story but at the time of writing this, there is very little coverage from local media.  Hopefully, that changes in the next few days.  A story like this shouldn’t be relegated to a brief blurb on the web.

Second, given the anti-gun politics of city and state leadership, it’s important to remind politicians in the Land of Lincoln how wrongheaded it is to infringe on the 2A rights of Illinoisans.  Every chance we get, we need to let them know.

Think about it this way.  Illinois was the last state to lift its ban on concealed carry.  State police have only been issuing concealed carry permits since 2014.  Four years ago, that 58-year-old man would’ve been unable to defend himself in the manner he did Monday night.  Who knows what would have happened to him had he been unarmed.

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  • XP January 10, 2018, 9:39 pm

    I live in Chicago. The media is 100% democratic liberal agenda. None of the channels will report this. None of the channels investigate the city politicians for lack of solid policies. Rahm E. is not pressured to explain the lack of action aimed at removing gang activity. Politicians don’t explain why they aren’t using mafia laws against gangs. I’ve heard the media can’t afford to higher the type of reporters we had in the 70’s and 80’s. The caliber of journalism and investigative understanding is almost non-existant. The media take on small cases where one person has been wronged by a business and the media attention helps that person receive justice. Pathetic for a major city. Without media pressure on politicians the corrupt are more likely to flourish.

  • Robert Smith January 10, 2018, 7:47 pm

    This took place in a Black Ghetto neighborhood, where most of Chicago’s “gun violence” takes place. It’s likely that both the shooter and Mr. Gales were Black. The local Chicago news media usually gives little coverage to these incidents. On the other hand, when a shooting occurs in a White area it’s a lead story. Liberal anti-gun news media? Racist news media? Both.

  • Sepp W January 10, 2018, 6:39 pm

    I suspect the Chicago DA’s office is trying to figure out how to charge this guy with negligent homicide and how to spin the media into a frenzy on how this deceased predator is the victim.

  • Sam January 10, 2018, 5:56 pm

    One thing strikes me about this story is he shot the perp in the back of his head.

  • Mark N. January 10, 2018, 5:50 pm

    Sounds to me that Shaquille, as is apparently fairly common, did not have a real gun, or that the gun he had didn’t have any bullets. A lot of these muggings/minimarket robberies are committed with “rent-a-guns” that cost extra if you want bullets, with a surcharge if you use any of them. Either that or airsoft replicas. If there is an armed response, these guys will try to flee.
    In this case, I am guessing that the victim drew and fired immediately, and that Shaquille, seeing the gun, turned to flee and caught the first round in his arm, and since he was by then sideways, the bullet penetrated his chest. This is a good shoot.
    If–and this is a big if considering the different stories–there was a second shot fired that caught our misbeggotten robber caught it in the back of his head, it could be either good or bad, depending on the facts. If two shots were fired in quick succession, then the odds are that it is still a good shoot, Shaquille simply continuing to rotate and thus having his back facing the victim when the second shot was fired. However, I have read a story of a young man who fired a burst out of a legal automatic weapon, and the prosecutor pressed murder charges since the second shot was through the side and the third in the back. So that is a “wait and see.”
    But if a witness comes along that says the shooter executed the bad boy as he lay on the ground, then that would be bad for the concealed carrier. That would be murder.
    Too many unknowns to judge this shooting at this point.

  • George January 10, 2018, 3:26 pm

    What does it mean that the death has been ruled a homicide? Bad reporting or is the CCW permit holder already getting shafted?

    • Mark N. January 10, 2018, 5:38 pm

      It means that it was not an accident, but instead a killing of one human by another. Whether or not it was a justifiable homicide is a different question.

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