In reading these stories note that with the total cost of getting a permit in Illinois is about $500. By contrast, in Indiana it is $49.95. Chicago would be hearing a lot more stories if more people could afford getting a permit.
From a T-Mobile cellphone store on the far South Side of Chicago on January 13, 2016. The Chicago Tribune has this story:
Two men drew handguns as they entered a cellphone store, 2051 E. 95th St., in the Calumet Heights neighborhood around 11 a.m., prompting a worker to take out his own firearm and shoot them, according to an account from employees given to Neil Tadros, who identified himself as the district manager for T-Mobile.
The employee shot both of the suspects, but they fled the store, got in a car and drove themselves to the hospital, Tadros said. At the time the suspects brandished weapons, employees acted, “pretty much to protect themselves when guns are drawn at them,” Tadros said.
“Thank God for concealed carry.”
The men, ages 24 and 35, walked into South Shore Hospital and were transferred in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said. The 35-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his left arm and groin, and the 24-year-old man was shot in the left arm and abdomen, police said. . . . .
Tadros said he hopes allowing employees to have weapons with a concealed carry license will be a deterrent. . . .
The store was posted as not allowing permitted concealed handguns, but employees were allowed to carry. Tadros’ hope to deter future attacks might be more realistic if he didn’t have gun-free zone signs at the front of the building. See also this story on ABC WLS Channel 7 in Chicago.
CBS Channel 2 TV in Chicago has this story from Riverdale that borders Chicago.
Walker also was armed, and pulled out his weapon, exchanging gunfire with the attacker. . . .
Walker was in good condition Wednesday morning at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The condition of his attacker has not been released. . . .