Two men in their 20’s were apparently driving in their pick-up truck on Chicago’s Northwest side in the wee hours. They spotted a Hummer at a stoplight. I guess envy and greed took over as the two pointed guns at the driver of this exotic looking vehicle.
The frightened Hummer operator happened to have a gun of his own and knew how to use it. He quickly opened fire, fatally wounding the driver and front-seat passenger in the truck.
The Hummer operator was lucky enough to have the special privilege to carry a gun for self-protection in Illinois. A permit you ask? Why there’s no such thing! The lucky fellow happened to be a yet to be identified Albany Park District tactical unit officer for the Chicago Police Department.
Both of the not so lucky would be carjackers are dead today. They proved once again that Darwin rules. The off duty cop followed his training and was thankfully uninjured.
Perhaps it’s time for the politicians to rethink their Mugger Protection Act and allow the law-abiding folks the protection they need and deserve. The Illinois plan was to make sure only the criminals were armed. That law failed today. We all all safer today as a result.
Here's the latest information on the shooting as of 04/08/06.