Once again, crime is challenged in Chicago via an armed citizen despite the city’s attempts to make the entirety of The Windy City a gun-free zone. This time it was an unsuspecting rideshare driver who was called into action when his car was about to be stolen by two carjackers.
The incident in question occurred on July 12th at around 11:15 at night when a 23-year-old rideshare driver picked up two males in the 7400 block of West Belmont Avenue.
Things were going normally for a few moments, but they quickly changed when the two passengers began to attack the driver and beat him before they attempted to steal his car.
The driver, however, was a permit (and more importantly, in this case, gun) holding concealed carrier. As they kept beating on him, the driver pulled out his firearm and began firing shots at his attackers. This caused the two assailants to run off, however, the carrier made the mistake of chasing after the attackers and in doing so, one of the thieves managed to get back into the car and drive off with it.
The ride-share driver continued to make chase and at one point was even dragged behind his own car before the two managed to make good their escape.
After police got involved, they managed to find the rideshare driver’s vehicle, which was abandoned a short distance away, however, the criminals again managed to evade capture and are still on the run as of the writing of this article.
As for the driver, he is currently safe and healthy and is not likely to face any charges for his actions, but it goes to show that when you’re in a defensive shooting situation taking the offense can end in disaster for you.
But what do you think? Do you think this Uber driver did the right thing? Let us know in the comments below.