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It took days to figure out where all the bullets flew when a man licensed to carry a gun exchanged shots with a masked 16-year-old boy and killed him on a busy street in Oak Park last year.
Investigators counted about a dozen shell casings outside a bank on Madison Street, according to police reports. They dug bullets from the man’s Buick Regal.
The teen was the only person hit that sunny spring morning as bystanders scattered inside cars and crouched behind a telephone pole. One of the bullets traveled across the street into an office building. It apparently came from one of the shots the man fired over his shoulder as he ran away.
The man, who worked for the Chicago Park District, was released within hours after a prosecutor determined over the phone he had fired in self-defense. Nothing was said about him randomly shooting behind him, even though an investigator later questioned the action. And nothing was reported to the Illinois State Police, even though they oversee the training and licensing of concealed carry holders.
The state police know nothing about the nearly 40 shootings by people with concealed carry licenses since Illinois became the last state to allow them four years ago.
A Tribune review found that most of the shootings have been in public places in the Chicago area, and half the cases have involved concealed carry holders firing to defend themselves or someone else from robbers. At least 11 people have been killed, including a man with a license who tried to fend off carjackers on the West Side.
first part of Link #2
Janique Walker knows the cost of a split second.
Her younger brother, 17-year-old Charles Macklin, was killed while trying to steal a Jeep from a Chicago fire lieutenant on the West Side last August. The lieutenant had left the Jeep running, and Macklin jumped behind the wheel.
The lieutenant ran in front of the Jeep and shouted, “Get out,” according to a police report. When Macklin began pulling away, the lieutenant drew his gun and fired through the open driver’s side window, hitting the teen in the chest.
Macklin’s last words were, “Sorry, bro,” according to the police report. The teen died on the pavement. He did not have a gun on him.
The lieutenant had a concealed carry license. He was not charged and he was not disciplined by the department, according to spokesman Larry Langford.
“That was investigated by us, and we found no violation of any rules,” Langford said. “The police didn’t arrest, the state’s attorney found no reason to charge. There was no wrongdoing as far as the Fire Department is concerned.”
How about you? Do any of you have a problem with the bold part? The reason I ask is that it appears that the Lt. was NOT in immediate danger of being run over as he was to the side of the jeep. "Justified?" I don't know but my inclination is "No".
first part of Link #3
The first shot hit the roof of Brian Warner’s police car, the next slammed into his shoulder.
Warner pumped the brakes hard as his partner bailed from the car. Together, they fired nine shots at the panhandler in the backseat who was holding a gun in his cuffed hands. They hit him five times and killed him.
Warner quit the Chicago Police force not long after the shooting on the North Side in 2011, and says it took a long time to come to grips with what he had done, even though the department said he had done nothing wrong.
“I’m a devout Catholic and it helped me to understand that I’m not a murderer,” Warner said. “I killed to save my life and my partner’s life.”
He believes civilians licensed to carry guns should be directed to the same kind of counseling that helped him — something that is not offered under Illinois’ concealed carry law.
“Whether you’re in law enforcement or a private citizen, you take a life, you’re going to go through something,” Warner said. “We don’t do enough to combat that.”
Edited by JTHunter, 20 June 2018 - 01:58 PM.