A customer with a concealed carry license shot and killed an armed gunman who was allegedly attempting to rob a neighborhood store and currency exchange in Chicago on Saturday evening. A masked man reportedly walked into the store, displayed a weapon, and announced a robbery. He pointed the weapon at an employee, forcing her toward the back of the store.
That’s when a patron at the store, pulled his own weapon and fatally shot the criminal — later identified as Reginald Gildersleeve. Gildersleeve, who had an extensive criminal history, was pronounced dead on the scene.
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It’s not known whether the customer will face charges as the case is under review.
“We’re looking at it as a self-defense issue at this point,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Family of the shooter are doubtful of the police account of the incident, saying that the 55-year-old Gildersleeve, who was out on bond from an unrelated incident from Oct. 23, didn’t have a gun.
Law enforcement sources told some media outlets that it was a toy gun, or a paintball gun.