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Man With Concealed Gun Fatally Shoots Would-Be Robber

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A Chicago concealed-carry permit holder fatally shot a man whom he says attempted to rob him.

The man who died, 23-year-old Shaquille Gales, reportedly approached the permit holder, a 58-year-old man, in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago on Jan. 8, pulling out a gun and ordering the older man to hand over his property, according to the Sun-Times Media Wire.

The older man is then reported to have pulled out his own gun and shot Gales.

The man told police Gales had entered his home to attempt to rob him, according to Tribune Media.

Gales was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy found the man had died from a gunshot to the chest that went through his arm. His death was ruled a homicide.

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According to police, a weapon was recovered at the scene of the incident.

Gales was one of five people shot in Chicago between the mornings of Jan. 8 and Jan. 9, reports the Chicago Tribune.

On Jan. 8, two men aged 21 and 26 were wounded by gunshots while sitting in a car on Chicago's West Side. The 21-year-old, who was shot in the left hip, was taken to a local hospital where his condition was reported as stable. The 26-year-old, who was shot in the arm, was also taken to the hospital, and was reported to be in good condition.

A reported home invasion on the Far South Side on Jan. 9 led to a 46-year-old man being shot in the head. Two masked  men and a woman reportedly tried to force their way into the victim's home, before beating and shooting him after he resisted. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition was reported to be stable.

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The city has struggled with its crime rate since a spike of homicides in 2016, when there were 758 homicides in Chicago. Previously in 2015, the city had 478 reported homicides.

"In the last 20 to 30 years of data we've looked at, we've never seen an increase that big for a large city," said University of Chicago Crime Lab research director Max Kapustin, who co-authored a report on gun violence in Chicago. "For a city the size of Chicago, a 60 percent increase from one year to the next in homicide is really rare, so not a lot of examples you can look at and say [that the patterns are similar]."

In October 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that 572 homicides had taken place in 2017. The paper also reported that at least 2,958 people had been shot in Chicago in 2017 by early October, down from 3,347 people shot in Chicago at the same time in 2016.

Sources: Sun-Times Media Wire via WLS, Tribune Media via KTVI, Chicago Tribune (2, 3) / Featured Image: Teknorat/Flickr / Embedded Images: Teknorat/Flickr, Tony Hisgett/Flickr

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