An Uber driver with a concealed carry permit in Chicago saved pedestrians’ lives by shooting at an armed criminal who had opened fire on a group of people. The Daily Caller reported:
Assistant State Attorney Barry Quinn said that 22-year-old Everardo Custodio began shooting at a group of pedestrians shortly before midnight Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The group was passing in front of a vehicle occupied by an unnamed 47-year-old Uber driver.
The driver, who has a state-issued firearm owner’s identification card, pulled out a shotgun and fired six times, hitting Custodio in the shin, knee and lower back, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Police responded quickly and found Custodio lying in the middle of the street. The Uber driver stayed on the scene and provided a statement to police.
The driver does not face charges as, according to Quinn, he “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others.”
Custodio’s gun was recovered at the scene. He is still in the hospital and faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful weapons charges.
A spokeswoman for Uber told the Sun-Times that the driver had just dropped off a passenger when Custodio began shooting. The company plans to interview the driver and his passenger. His Uber profile is still active.
Chicago has historically been the gun control capital of the U.S. Recently, a court ordered Illinois to draft a concealed carry law. We, of course, heard cries from liberals that that would only contribute to more violence. But incidents like this show the importance of having good people carry weapons.
If the Uber driver hadn’t been carrying because Illinois law prohibited it, another mass shooting could have occurred. Since it was Chicago, it probably would have barely registered in the local news, much less the national news. Such stories are too commonplace for people to be shocked by them.
But today with concealed carry legal in Chicago (and Illinois), it has the potential to being a much safer city. Now, more good people there need to arm themselves.