In the past few days, there have been two CCL shootings, and an off-duty Chicago police officer had to defend himself on his way home from dinner.
The first shooting involved a concealed carry holder on Sunday when he was attacked by multiple assailants outside a mall.
The off-duty Chicago Police officer got attacked on his way home from dinner when he got out of his car in an alley to move some trash cans that were blocking his way.
The second CCL shooting happened around ten last night when two men were arguing on the sidewalk in downtown Chicago. The 31-year-old victim, who had a concealed carry license, pulled out his handgun but shot himself in the leg in the process. He managed to get a shot off and struck the offender in the right hand. The victim went to the hospital by himself, and luckily, he was in good shape.
The police said the CCL holder shooting himself was “accidental.” We have covered the topic of an accidental discharge vs. a negligent discharge before, and you can read up on the difference between the two in the article below.
*Accidental: happening by chance, unintentionally, or unexpectedly.
*Negligent: failing to take proper care in doing something.
On the one hand, it was an accident because it was “unintentional,” but on the other hand, could it have been, by definition, “negligent” if you think good training could have prevented it. This case does not have enough details to know what happened because the CCL holder could have shot himself during a struggle. Different people could interrupt the outcome in different ways, and my guess is your opinion might be based on your level of training.
What are your thoughts on this? Would you consider this an accidental or negligent discharge? Either way, he survived the encounter, and that’s a win.