“Ride-share driver shoots at carjackers but they still get away with his car,” the Chicago Tribune reports in a story from this weekend in the Windy City. Around 11:15pm, the 23-year-old driver had picked up two passengers from a relatively unassuming neighborhood on the North side of Chicago (pictured above). After getting in, the passengers started beating him and trying to take control of the car. When the driver — who is licensed to carry — pulled his gun, the assailants got out of the car and started running.
Apparently, the driver then made the dual mistakes of chasing after them…and shooting at them. No one was hit.
At which point one of the “passengers” managed to get back behind the wheel of the car and start driving away. The driver desperately grabbed hold of the car and was dragged behind it until he finally let go.
Everyone survived the incident; the driver was taken to the hospital and is now in good health. His car was found shortly afterward with no one inside.
The initial presentation of a lethal weapon was clearly justified in this case. Beyond that, it’s not entirely clear: Illinois has Stand Your Ground in practice, which means that there is no Stand Your Ground law on the books, but there’s also no duty to retreat. That said, this happened in Chicago, which has never been famous for its support of gun rights no matter what the situation.
Does that mean the driver was right to pursue the assailants with his gun? Once the passengers were out, the driver should have gotten away from the area and called the police. All he did by pursuing them was put himself in more potential danger.
We’re glad the victim survived this violent crime without serious physical harm. As for the shots fired at the fleeing attackers, here’s hoping he has a good attorney.