Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun – in Chicago

Uber driver shoots man who allegedly fired at group on Logan Square sidewalk

From: chicago.suntimes.com,  by: Mitch Dudek, on: April 19, 2015, see the article HERE.

Chicago shooter

Everardo Custodio, 22, was ordered held without bail on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm. | Cook County Sheriff’s Office photo

An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors.

Six blasts from his gun injured a 22-year-old man identified as Everardo Custodio.

Custodio suffered wounds to his shin, knee and lower back and was still in Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center on Sunday, when Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas refused to grant bail on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm.

The 47-year-old Uber driver “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said.

Custodio, who lives about a block from the site of the shooting, was the only person injured in the confrontation that happened about 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

The Uber driver had dropped off a passenger minutes before the shooting occurred, said Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin. She had no comment on the driver’s actions other than to say the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles.

Quinn said the Uber driver, who could not be reached Sunday, was parked in his car when Custodio began firing in his direction, aiming at the nearby group of people.

Police patrolling the area heard the shots and arrived to find Custodio on the ground and bleeding. Police also recovered a handgun found near Custodio, Quinn said.

The Uber driver, who’s from the Near South Side, stayed on the scene and provided documentation of gun ownership to police. He’s a registered gun owner who has a concealed carry license. He doesn’t face any charges.

Uber plans to interview the driver and the passenger he dropped off before the shooting, said Mullin, who did not know where the driver stowed his gun.

The driver was still an active driver for Uber as of Sunday night, Mullin said.

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Here we are again, another defensive use of a concealed handgun that very likely saved innocent citizens from injury (or death) by an armed bad guy. But this never happens according to the gun control people. It’s a wonder that the Uber driver (and licensed handgun carrier) didn’t shoot himself or some other innocent – again, according to the gun control people. And this happened in anti-gun Chicago no less, less than eight months after concealed carry became legal.

Garnet92

 

 

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4 Responses to Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun – in Chicago

  1. Hardnox says:

    Kudos to the Uber driver! No doubt he saved some lives. He could easily have ignored the incident and moved on but instead chose to intervene.

  2. Buck says:

    …he needs some more target practice…

  3. Kathy says:

    Illinois and Chicago in particular still have a long way to go in stopping crime, but stories tell us that crime involving guns has gone down since concealed carry became law.

    Kudos to the driver, but I wonder if his shot pattern is because he was trying to stop the shooter without killing him or if his adrenaline was such that he barely winged the guy. Maybe he needs a bigger gun.

    Any bets on whether or not the perp ends up in the looney bin instead of prison?

  4. tannngl says:

    Thank God the courts forced conceal carry laws to allow gun carry in Chicago. Many might have been dead had they not!
    Thanks for this, Garnet!

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