Concealed carry holder shoots at armed robber at taco stand: Chicago police

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Update 9:41 a.m. — Subsequent to publication, the Chicago Police Department revised its statement regarding this incident. Police now say the robber did not sustain a gunshot wound.

CHICAGO — A 17-year-old boy narrowly escaped with his life after a concealed carry holder shot him as he robbed a Northwest Side burrito stand on Monday night, according to Chicago police.

The well-known troublemaker pulled a gun on the staff at Taco Burrito King, 5413 West Belmont, around 9:35 p.m. and demanded cash from the register. Things went smoothly at first, with the cashier handing over money as instructed.

But then a “male victim” inside the restaurant who is a licensed concealed carry holder confronted the teen, Chicago police said in a media statement. The man pulled out his firearm and started shooting. Some bullets flew through the restaurant’s windows; another grazed the boy’s arm.

He ran for the exit, jumped in a black SUV, and sped away. But he didn’t get far. Police say he quickly crashed and then fled on foot. Cops caught him and recovered a firearm from inside his Honda CRV.

EMS took the teen to Community First Hospital for treatment of a graze wound to his arm, police said. Charges are pending.

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