It’s always a good idea to approach in-person sales transactions with strangers with caution. A Chicago woman found out why when she met with a 14-year-old girl to complete the sale of an item (police didn’t reveal what the item was).
When the two met up, the girl pulled out a pellet gun and hit the woman over the head with it while trying to grab the undisclosed item. That’s when the woman pulled an actual firearm and shot the girl in the chest.
The teen will reportedly survive and both parties are now facing charges.
As fox32chicago.com reports . . .
Maywood resident Araceli Diaz, 21, faces a felony count of aggravated unlawful use of a loaded weapon, and the 14-year-old girl who was seriously wounded in the shooting faces a felony count of attempted robbery with a firearm. Her name was withheld because she’s a minor.
It turns out that Diaz has a valid Illinois Firearms Owner ID card for her gun, but doesn’t have a carry permit. That’s something the city of Chicago frowns upon.
We’re certainly glad that Ms. Diaz was able to defend herself from her attacker. We only wish that Illinois were a constitutional carry state, which would allow her and other citizens to protect themselves from predators like the un-named 14-year-old without first obtaining a permission slip.
But we probably won’t live long enough to see that happen.