An armed robber in Chicago was shot and killed by a concealed carry holder and now his stepson is demanding justice.
Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, picked the wrong store at the wrong time when he burst into the Agencia Mexicana store in Chicago on Saturday wearing a mask and announced a robbery.
Unfortunately for him one of the customers in the store was a concealed carry holder who fired at Gildersleeve hitting him multiple times, killing him, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Police have conflicting reports as to whether the gun was a toy or a paintball gun but either way it appears unlikely charges will be filed against the concealed carry customer, something his stepson is angry about.
“Something doesn’t seem right,” his stepson Igbinosa Oronsaye told the Tribune. “Reggie doesn’t even own a gun. He couldn’t own a gun if he wanted to.”
According to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi the customer and Gildersleeve “got into some kind of confrontation, which led to him being shot.”
Guglielmi said it’s a “slippery slope” as to whether legally armed citizens should engage in firing their weapons in such situations.
“You have situations like this,” he said noting that only the thief was hurt in the incident. “And you have situations that end tragically. The department is not going to advocate for what people should or shouldn’t do.”
According to a Mugshots.com tipster Gildersleeve had an extensive criminal history and had been sentenced “to a total of 35 years in prison for no less than 10 felonies,” and was currently out on bond in another case.
Despite the facts Oronsaye blames the shooter rather than the fact that his stepfather was engaged in an armed robbery.
“Some people don’t actually know how to use guns. They go to firing ranges, but it’s not the same as a bullet going into someone’s body, it’s not the same as a bullet going into flesh,” he told the Tribune. “They should be able to wound first, kill next. He didn’t deserve to get shot multiple times.
“You just took a brother, you just took a father from a lot of people. Somebody’s got to answer for that.”
He told the Tribune that his family is devastated by the loss.
“I’m the strong one in the family and I was crying this morning. So how do you think they feel?” he said. “Now my heart feels like ice. I loved that man so dearly.”
While it must be painful, perhaps he ought to place the blame where it belongs.
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