In 2013, Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry. Fast forward a few years, and citizens are already reaping the rewards of that decision. Case in point: a Chicago concealed carry permit holder and store clerk who shot a pair of would-be armed robbers over Thanksgiving weekend.
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Police said 18-year-old Stephon Kinchen and 24-year-old Neil Thomas walked into a convenience store on Sunday night armed with a gun and announced a robbery.
The 21-year-old clerk working behind the counter drew a firearm of his own and shot both men, who then fled the store.
Thomas was shot in the shoulder, while a bullet grazed Kinchen in his forearm. Both sought treatment at area hospitals and were arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
A third man, 21-year-old Anthony Simpkin-McDonald, has also been arrested and charged. Police said he drove one of the suspects to the hospital for treatment.
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All three suspects are in jail right now. Kinchen and Thomas are being held on $900,000 bond, while Simpkin-McDonald’s bond is set at $250,000.
The store clerk suffered minor injuries during the incident, police said. It’s been confirmed that he had a valid concealed carry permit.
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