A store manager for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store in Calumet Heights, a neighborhood in Chicago, shot and killed an armed, alleged robber on Saturday afternoon.
According to Fox News Digital, the alleged armed robber was described as “a man between 30 and 40 years old.” He entered the O’Reilly Auto Parts store, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. That’s when the store manager pulled a firearm of his own and fired, hitting the alleged armed robber.
CBS Chicago noted that the store manager has a FOID card (Firearm Owners Identification) card, so he was carrying legally.
That alleged armed robber was transferred to the hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, after police and emergency services personnel arrived, though he was already in critical condition when transported to the hospital and died in the hospital. He was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Watch Fox 32’s report on the incident here:
Thanks to its high level of violent crime, Chicago was named the murder capital of the United States in a late February of 2023 report, as My State Line reported, saying:
Chicago had the highest number of homicides in the United States in 2022, according to a new report.
Chicago had 697 total homicides in 2022, higher than Philadelphia (516), New York City (438), Houston (435), and Los Angeles (382). Chicago has led the nation for the 11th straight year, the report concluded.
Wirepoints, an Illinois-based research group, found that New Orleans (280) had the highest murder rate per capita in the U.S, with 74.3 homicides per 100,000 people, The Center Square reported.
Ted Dabrowski, president of Wirepoints, said, “You can’t ignore when one city has the most murders in the country. Especially 11 years in a row. And so that’s why it’s also really important to look at the total number of homicides. Chicago has almost 700 homicides. A city that’s much, much larger, like New York, has fewer than 500. So your rates matter, but so does the outright number.”
The Center Square added that, though New York City gets called out for its crime, Chicago is far, far worse. In that report’s words:
The difference between New York City and Chicago was stark in 2022, Dabrowski said. Chicago, with about 2.7 million residents, reported 697 homicides and a homicide rate of 25.8 per 100,000 people. New York, with about 8.5 million residents, reported 438 homicides and a homicide rate of 5.2 per 100,000 people.
“In Chicago, we’ve got the trifecta of [Mayor] Lori Lightfoot and her anti-policing rhetoric. You’ve got [Cook County State’s Attorney] Kim Foxx and her goal to decriminalize crimes. And you got Tim Evans, the chief judge, who has created a revolving door by not sentencing strictly,” Dabrowski said. “New York is pursuing, generally, a tougher stance on crime.”
Fortunately for Chicagoans, however, Lori Lightfoot didn’t make it to the runoffs in a recent mayoral race, so they might get a saner and tougher-on-crime mayor that makes their city liveable again and makes walking around it safe again. But, then again, that’s what Mayor Adams was supposed to do in NYC and things have only gotten worse.
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