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Woman carrying concealed shoots gunman in head after he tries to get into her vehicle on south side of Chicago

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A woman carrying concealed shot a gunman in the head after he tried to get into her vehicle on the south side of Chicago early Wednesday morning, WFLD-TV reported.

What are the details?

The 23-year-old woman was sitting in her parked car around 2 a.m. in the 1300 block of East 89th Street in the Calumet Heights neighborhood when four men exited a black sedan and one of them tried to get into her car while flashing a handgun, police told the station.

The woman then shot the gunman once in the head, police noted to WFLD, after which the gunman ran from the vehicle.

One of the men he was with started shooting at the woman, striking her once in the arm, police told the station.

What happened next?

Paramedics took the shot gunman to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, police added to WFLD.

The woman was taken to Trinity Hospital, where she was listed in fair condition, the station said.

The other three suspects fled the scene and are not in custody, WFLD reported, adding that detectives are investigating.

Anything else?

While the woman in this incident didn't come away completely unscathed, it certainly could have been worse had she not exercised her Second Amendment rights.

It's quite striking, too, in a city filled to the brim with crooks using guns illegally, that Chicago concealed carriers have been tallying numerous successes protecting themselves and others from the worst possible scenarios. Here's a sampling just from this year:

  • In September, gunmen opened fire at partygoers outside a Chicago home and shot a 13-year-old boy in the head, but the victim's 21-year-old cousin — a concealed carry license holder — pulled out his gun and shot back, after which the gunmen fled.
  • Also in September, a concealed carry license holder shot an armed 13-year-old boy in Chicago as the boy allegedly was breaking into the concealed carrier's car.
  • In July, a woman with a concealed carry license shot at a group of males who pointed a gun at her as they attempted to steal her car in Chicago — and a 13-year-old male who was with the would-be thieves was shot.
  • In February, a knife-wielding man in a Chicago alley approached a concealed carrier, who shot the man with the knife once in the leg. Police eventually used a Taser on the suspect and arrested him.
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