Concealed Carrier in Chicago Stops Possible Mass Shooting Outside of Party

July 7 2014
by GSL Staff
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It looks like it’s a pretty heavy news day in Chicago today (see this story and this story), but this time we have some good news.

This isn’t the first story we’ve reported in Illinois about a concealed carrier who stopped a crime, but this one may have resulted in the most lives being saved by a legal carrier thus far.

According to the Chicago Tribune, a man, identified as Denzel A. Mickiel, outside of a party in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago became agitated at a group of partygoers, went into his home, grabbed a firearm, and opened fire at a group of people, firing indiscriminately.

Fortunately, among the groups was a member of the military, who is also one of Illinois’ residents who acquired a concealed carry permit this year when the state’s new licensing program came into being.

According to the The Tribune,

As Mickiel fired at the victims’ vehicle, the military member retrieved his gun and took cover near the vehicle’s front fender, according to Hain. Two unidentified people also shot at the group, she said.

The military service member fired two shots and struck Mickiel twice, she said.

Mickiel was taken to an area hospital where he is still being treated. Mickiel will be held on $950,000 bail once he is released from the hospital and faces charges of attempted murder.

Fortunately, Mickiel only hit one female victim with his volley of gunfire. She was treated at an area hospital and is in stable condition.

Witnesses say two other men may have also fired at the group of partygoers.

If the concealed carrier had not been present, it’s entirely possible this could have turned into a mass shooting situation with multiple victims.

This is the 23rd defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Illinois and the 1,196th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

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