According to authorities, the manager of an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Chicago, who has a valid concealed carry license, shot and killed a man who attempted to rob the store on Saturday afternoon. The robbery took place in the 9100 block of South Stony Island Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. Police stated that the suspect, a male believed to be between 30 and 40 years old, entered the store and brandished a gun, demanding an unknown amount of money from the cash register.
At this point, the store manager responded by drawing his handgun and firing, hitting the suspect in the process. Drawing from the drop, which means drawing a gun in self-defense when the threat already has a gun drawn on you, can be extremely dangerous. But in this case, it worked out in the store manager’s favor. The suspect was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and later pronounced dead.
This incident highlights the importance of being able to defend oneself in dangerous situations. In some cases, waiting for law enforcement to arrive may not be feasible or practical, and one’s safety may depend on the ability to take action in the moment. While not all individuals are comfortable with or choose to carry a firearm, those who do should obtain the necessary training to be responsible and well-informed regarding firearm safety and use. Ultimately, the decision to carry a firearm for protection is a personal one. Still, situations like this emphasize the need for individuals to have the ability to protect themselves and those around them when necessary.