Chicago, IL – A Chicago resident with a concealed weapon permit ended up coming under fire Wednesday night after stumbling upon two suspects who were allegedly trying to steal parts off of a parked car.
The incident occurred in the 2900-block of North Wolcott Avenue at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Nov. 10, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Police said a 44-year-old resident told investigators he was sitting out on his steps when he “heard a loud noise coming from the street,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The resident, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun, was armed when he went to investigate the source of the noise.
He headed out towards the curb and spotted two men underneath a vehicle.
The resident told investigators he did not know either man, and said they appeared to be working near the engine area of the car, the Chicago Tribune reported.
When the men noticed the resident watching them, they crawled out from beneath the vehicle, according to police.
“Without warning, both (men) drew their weapons and began shooting at (him),” the Chicago Police Department (CPD) said.
The resident immediately drew his own handgun and returned fire, hitting one of the suspects in the neck, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The wounded suspect was later identified as 25-year-old Darion Blackman.
Blackman was transported to Illinois Masonic Hospital, where he died shortly after midnight, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The second suspect fled the scene after the shootout and has not been apprehended, according to police.
Investigators recovered a weapon at the scene, according to WMAQ.
The resident who came under fire was not injured in the attack and refused medical treatment when paramedics arrived, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing, according to WMAQ.