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.
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.