8/14/2008

Dramatic (Illegal) Defensive gun use in Chicago

I wonder whether any charges will be brought against the jewelry store owner. The story is here:

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police are investigating a shootout at a Southwest Side jewelry store that left four people wounded.

Police say it all started when two men tried to hold up Sergio Jewelers in the 3100-block of West 63rd Street. They say the owner -- Sergio Vazquez -- pulled out his own gun, sparking a shootout with the suspects.

The owner wounded the two suspects -- one of those men is now hospitalized in critical condition.

The gunfire also wounded a store employee -- 29-year-old Jesus Onofre. Another man was shot while sitting in a car in front of the store.

"I asked him what happened, and he says, "I just got shot. Call 911, call 911.' I said, 'Listen, man, you're bleeding too much, just go to Holy Cross. There's one nearby over here.' And that's what he decided to do anyway," said Edward Pina, witness.

Both of them are in stable condition.

Police recovered three guns at the store. They found some jewerly on the suspects.

Detectives have been interviewing witnesses and reviewing the store's security videotape.

So far, no charges have been fired.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Joe Cool said...

My biggest worry is this exact scenario - working late - and then being confronted while unarmed thanks to NJ liberal politicians and their gun control laws. At least this fellow took that scenario to heart being a jewelery store owner and target for criminals and thankfully he was armed.

8/14/2008 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Melancton Smith said...

Even if charges are filed, they will be dismissed as the Hale De Mar law (State law) protects defensive gun use. If you violate a city ordinance by possessing a firearm and are caught by using that firearm for self defense, you cannot be charged.

8/14/2008 11:43 PM  
Blogger Mike Gallo said...

Unfortunately, it looks like the store owner may have broken rule #4, as I can't see how suspects feeling could have shot a man sitting in a car outside.

I'm not trying to second guess his actions, and I'm glad that it seems only the perps were wounded badly.

8/15/2008 8:54 AM  

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