Two would-be robbers entered a store in Chicago and pulled out their guns in a T-Mobile store on Wednesday morning.
Just a few moments after the men entered the store, an employee with a concealed carry gun license pulled out his weapon and fired on the men, WLS-TV reported.
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“Thank God for concealed carry,” district manager Neil Tadros was quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying.
The men ran out of the building. One of the men was hit in the groin and the other was hit in the arm and abdomen, added WLS.
“A lot of people think they can go out and rob people without anyone defending themselves,” Tadros told the Tribune, elaborating further. “It’s a great thing to have to protect yourself even when you’re not in your business. If you’re out in the streets and someone is threatening your life, you can go out and protect yourself.”
Later, Tadros again praised allowing workers with carry permits to carry guns.
“I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases,” Tadros told WLS. “And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee.”
He added that the employees acted “pretty much to protect themselves when guns are drawn at them.”
The men, ages 24 and 35, walked into South Shore Hospital, and they were then transferred in serious condition to Stroger Hospital, police said.
A.J. Joudeh, who told the Tribune he’s the regional manager of T-Mobile, said the firm allows its employees with concealed carry licenses to have guns with them at work, the Tribune reported.
“From what I hear, they’re doing fine,” Joudeh said, when he was asked about the workers.