Watching the Chicago nightly news on Halloween isn’t much different than any other night: A host of shootings, stabbings and robberies across the Windy City.
But one of those shootings, unfortunately, ended in the death of an armed robber at a corner store on the Southwest side – who was shot by a customer in the store at the time. The customer was legally armed thanks to a concealed carry license.
The dead man has been identified as Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, of the 5000 block of South California Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Gildersleeve had an extensive criminal record, including prior arrests for robbery, police said.
Gildersleeve was pronounced dead on the scene from multiple gunshot wounds at 7:10 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
Police cite the story as follows:
A man walked into a store in the 2700 block of West 51st Street in the Gage Park neighborhood around 7 p.m., announced a robbery to an employee working behind the counter and displayed a handgun.
Another employee came from the back of the store, and the gunman pointed his weapon at her, police said. He then made her go to the back of the store, which also serves as a currency exchange.
After that, a customer who was also inside the business pulled out a gun and opened fire at the robber, killing him, police said. Police initially said the robber was possibly in his 40s.
Since the shooter had both a valid concealed carry license and a valid firearm owner’s identification card, he will not be charged in the incident.
Officer Janel Sedevic told USA TODAY the suspect — Gildersleeve — walked into the store, pulled out the paintball gun, threatened an employee behind the counter and announced a robbery.
“A customer in the store drew his own weapon and fired at the suspect,” Sedevic said. “There were other customers in the business at the time. The offender was fatally wounded.”
Questions regarding the armed robber’s intent or any relation to a Halloween prank will likely ensue for awhile – but this instance surely highlights the things that can happen due to a concealed carry license.
Illinois is one of many states that employ the “Shall-Issue” jurisdiction, which means a concealed carry license will be issued to anyone who meets the set criteria.
There were at least five other wounded citizens involved in shootings across the city Saturday night.
• At 1:25 a.m. Sunday, a 26-year-old man was shot in the Fuller Park neighborhood on the South Side, said Officer Hector Alfaro, a Chicago police spokesman. He was leaving a party in the 4900 block of South Princeton Avenue when he was shot in the hip, Alfaro said.
• Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, three men were shot in the Burnside neighborhood on the south-side, Alfaro said. They were in a car in the 9000 block of South Greenwood Avenue when shots were fired at them from a white sedan. The men then got themselves to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
• A 21-year-old man was shot in the left cheek, right eye and buttocks, Alfaro said. He was listed in critical condition.
• A 23-year-old man was shot in the right arm and back. His condition was stabilized.
• A 34-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder. His condition also was stabilized.
• At 10:25 p.m. Saturday, a 23-year-old man was shot in the Belmont Central neighborhood on the Northwest Side, Alfaro said. He was walking in the 5700 block of West Fullerton Avenue when someone shot him in the back and shoulder. He went to Community First Medical Center, and his condition was stabilized.