On a Friday, around 11 p.m. a man named Everardo Custodio pulled out a gun and began firing into a crowd on Milwaukee Ave in Chicago. An Uber driver pulled his concealed carry weapon and fired at Custodio, hitting him several times. He was later found, bleeding, by police and taken to the hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his shin, thigh and lower back.
He was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
Following the shooting, the driver called police who took custody of his firearm. After Custodio plead guilty to his charges, the driver was contacted and received paperwork to claim his weapon.
Folks, this is why I harp on situational awareness. This situation could have quickly escalated. Had the dirtbag continued in his shooting, there would have been a great loss of life. Senselessly, Custodio shot into a crowd—at random. Why? I do not know, but one thing is for certain: I will not go into public without my weapon—so help me God. Sure, I like to go get the occasional beer with the guys and play pool, but other than that, I’ve got my CCW on me. I imagine many of you are the same.
Additionally, this particular story shines as an example of how to react in similar situations. If you draw your weapon, and use it, you most definitely should call police. During this time (after the threat has been neutralized) holster your weapon. When the authorities arrive, they need to know you are on their side, so they don’t need to show up and find someone else with a gun in their hands. Once legal proceedings have finished, and the dirtbag dealt with, the weapon was returned to our defender.
Where do you keep your gun when you’re in the car?