A Salt Lake City, Utah, concealed carry holder found himself in the middle of a firefight with a suspected gang member after leaving his apartment to investigate an altercation Monday night.
The concealed carry holder was in his apartment when he heard an argument in the courtyard. When he went to check it out, one of the suspected gang members opened fire.
“They then took offense to our resident and ended up firing rounds at him. He is a concealed carry holder and returned fire,” said Salt Lake City Police Lt. Dave Cracroft.
Police say the concealed carry holder wasn’t involved in the initial confrontation, but drew his weapon and returned fire, getting shot in the shoulder during the melee.
“He was not initially involved in it, he came out to see what was going on and we believe it is a gang problem,” said Cracroft.
It is not known if the suspect was injured, but fled the scene and is still at large.
The victim was transported to an area hospital to be treated for his wounds.
The shooting raises some questions as to the role of a concealed carry holder. For starters, a concealed carry permit provides the holder with the legal means to protect his or herself and their property, and also the lives of others if the situation requires it. However, unlike a sworn law enforcement officer, concealed carry holders are not required to initiate contact and enter into a potentially deadly scenario.
So the question is: Did this concealed carry holder make the right move by exiting his residence to check on the welfare of others, or should he have stayed inside and called the authorities?
(This article was a submission by freelance writer Brent Rogers)