Both the 17-year-old and the 20-year-old were shot in the thigh, according to a police report. The teen was found inside an apartment at the complex, while the maintenance man was found behind the building, on the ground by the dumpster. First aid was given to both gunshot victims before paramedics could arrive on the scene. A picture of what allegedly happened began to emerge as the maintenance man talked with officers. According to him, the 17-year-old had tried to rob him with the pistol. However, he fought back. He was able to gain control of the gun, shooting the suspect in the process. The police report also had a witness report that backed up that version of events, saying they saw a struggle for the firearm which ended with both men being wounded. Police said a gun was recovered from the area, with a second gun being recovered from the suspect’s apartment. The incident is currently under investigation.
Shooting (Waukegan) Waukegan PD and Waukegan Fire on scene of a report of a shooting at Beechwood at the Preserve Apartments, 3040 West 8th Street. One victim shot outside and a second possible victim shot inside the building. Offender is possibly still… https://t.co/SI2GJiZXsO— Lake & McHenry County Scanner (@LMCScanner) October 31, 2023
Waukegan, a suburb of Chicago with a population of just under 90,000, has seen a fair share of high-profile armed robberies in recent months. In July, a man died after he was shot during an armed robbery in the city and crashed his car into a building trying to get away. Two men were charged in that incident, according to the Scanner. In September, another alleged armed robbery made headlines in the city; the Scanner reported that a man was hit over the head and grabbed by the neck during the theft. In Tuesday’s case, however, the maintenance man apparently had not only wits, but the reaction time to grab the gun from his assailant and turn it back on him. However, it’s also a helpful reminder that there’s an easier way to defend oneself from an armed robbery than turning someone else’s gun on them: Having your own gun to turn on them. That’s why we have the Second Amendment, and making free and responsible use of it can preclude crimes like this from happening in the first place — or drastically improve your chances of getting out alive if they do happen.
A maintenance man was shot during an attempted robbery and fought back against the gunman, resulting in the suspect being shot with his own gun, in Waukegan Tuesday. https://t.co/5cNRcPbHHQ— Lake & McHenry County Scanner (@LMCScanner) November 1, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.