Concealed carry holder detained after shooting man near Grant Park

CHICAGO — An armed concealed carry license holder shot a man who charged at him in the Loop on Thursday morning, Chicago police said. The gun owner was taken in for questioning.

A CPD surveillance camera recorded the incident, which occurred in the 300 block of South Michigan around 5:34 a.m. Police said the 35-year-old licensee got into an argument with a 48-year-old man, but the situation apparently escalated. The armed man fired one shot as the 48-year-old charged at him, striking the man in the abdomen.

EMS transported the injured man to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

Police said in a media statement that charges are pending but did not say who was at risk of being charged.

So far this year, four people have been shot in the Loop. If Thursday’s shooting is determined to be an act of self-defense, it will be the second such shooting case this year in the downtown neighborhood.

On February 24, a jewelry store employee shot a man who tried to commit a smash-and-grab burglary in the first block of North Wabash. Prosecutors were considering charges against both the concealed carry holder and the would-be thief, but they ultimately released both men without filing any charges.

On January 26, almost directly across the street from the jewelry store, two Innovations High School students were shot and killed as they left the school after class. No charges have been filed.

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