I’m sure he saved others’ lives as well, but he at least saved his own. If it hadn’t been for Illinois’ recent gun law, a couple people could have become statistics in Chicago’s never-ending violence.
A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said.
The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the 11700 block of South Union Avenue in West Pullman, Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Hain said during a court hearing Sunday.
One of the victims had noticed a cup of liquor on top of her vehicle and asked attendees of a party next door who it belonged to, Hain said.
When she removed it, Denzel A. Mickiel approached her, shouting obscenities and threatening her and her friends, according to Hain and court records.
Mickiel, 22, went into the residence, returned with a gun and began firing at the group, she said.
As Mickiel fired at the victims’ vehicle, the military member retrieved his gun and took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to Hain. Two unidentified people also shot at the group, she said.
The military service member fired two shots and struck Mickiel twice, she said.
A 22-year-old woman in the group was injured by Mickiel in the shooting, suffering wounds to the arm and back, according to court records and Hain.
The four victims escaped the melee in two vehicles as two unidentified people continued to shoot at them, Hain said.
Mickiel was identified as the gunman by witnesses, she said.
The injured woman was stabilized and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center, police said.
Mickiel, of the 7600 block of South Honore Street, was transported to Advocate Christ in critical condition, according to police.
He remained hospitalized Sunday and did not appear in court but was ordered held on $950,000 bail. He is charged with attempted murder.
It’s true that the widespread proliferation of guns leads to a safer society. Even in a violent city like Chicago. But it’s not so much the sheer amount of guns that reduces incidents of violence. It’s that the number of law-abiding citizens outnumbers the armed criminals.
When it was illegal to carry a concealed gun in Chicago, by definition the law-abiding people had no way to defend themselves from armed thugs. Now that they are allowed to defend themselves, they can own guns and fight back against others intent on causing harm. It’s only common sense to conclude that it’s better to have everybody armed rather than just the criminals.