Chicago, IL – A Chicago food truck operator with a concealed-carry permit was killed while saving at least 15 citizens from two masked gunman last Saturday night.
Derrick Gholston, 43, was selling jerk chicken from his truck on East 112th Place when the armed suspects approached him at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The suspects brandished a handgun and demanded that Gholston hand over some of his property, and he complied, police said.
The attackers then stormed into the nearby Crispy Cuts Barbershop and announced a robbery, just before they shot a 51-year-old man inside the business, WGN reported.
Police said that least 15 people were inside the shop at the time, WMAQ reported.
That’s when Gholston, who was legally carrying his own concealed weapon, raced inside the barbershop to end the gunmen’s rampage, according to WGN.
He engaged in a gunfight with the suspects, and was shot in the process.
One of the masked intruders, later identified as 18-year-old Carlos Smith, was also shot, WGN reported.
The second suspect managed to escape, and the search for him continues.
Gholston and Smith were rushed to Christ Memorial Hospital, where they both died within an hour from gunshot wounds to their torsos, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The 51-year-old shooting victim was transported to a local hospital with two gunshot wounds to the leg, and was listed in stable condition.
“This is a guy that saw something terrible that was about to happen, intervened, and it’s the last thing that he did,” resident Nicholas Sidel told WGN. “In my book, he’s a hero…It’s really hurtful to find out that he actually passed away.”
Gholston leaves behind two young sons, ages five and three, WMAQ reported.
According to police, Smith was still wearing a mask and was in possession of zip ties when he was taken to the hospital, WGN reported.
“They had an intention to go in there, tie everybody up and rob the place,” Sidel told WGN. “I hope they catch the guy who got away. I really do.”
The gunman who fled the scene was described as a black male who stood between five feet, seven inches and six feet tall, and weighed between 150 and 185 pounds, the Hartford Courant reported.
He was last seen wearing jeans and an orange hooded sweatshirt.
Area South detectives are handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.