An employee at a Chicago T-Mobile store with a concealed carry license shot two would-be robbers Wednesday, police and store officials said.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Two men drew handguns as they entered a cellphone store, 2051 E. 95th St., in the Calumet Heights neighborhood around 11 a.m., prompting a worker to take out his own firearm and shoot them, according to an account from employees given to Neil Tadros, who identified himself as the district manager for T-Mobile. The employee shot both of the suspects, but they fled the store, got in a car and drove themselves to the hospital, Tadros said. At the time the suspects brandished weapons, employees acted, “pretty much to protect themselves when guns are drawn at them,” Tadros said.
“Thank God for concealed carry,” the district manager said.
According to police, the suspects were being treated for serious wounds at Stroger Hospital. Both are suspects in the attempted robbery but have not yet been formally charged.
AJ Joudeh, who identified himself as a regional manager for the cell phone giant, said that T-Mobile permits employees with concealed carry permits to carry weapons at work. A spokesman for the company said that the store independently sells T-Mobile products and is not owned or operated by the company.
A police spokesman and both managers said that the employee had a concealed carry license.