Man dies in the hospital after being shot while trying to rob a concealed carry gun owner on Christmas Eve, according to Chicago police.
The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Corey Haggard, was shot at around 6:15 p.m. Christmas Eve Sunday at a strip mall on Chicago’s South Jefferson Street. Police say that Haggard approached a 31-year-old man on his way out of a store and ordered him to hand over his wallet and other belongings. Officers also believe Mr. Haggard intended to rob the store as well.
As Haggard tried to take the stolen items, the victim pulled out a gun and fired several times, hitting the robber square in the chest. A witness reported hearing gunshots when he was parked next to the Best Buy around the corner from the incident.
Haggard was rushed to Stroger Hospital in a critical condition and was held under police custody pending criminal charges. He died at 11:37 p.m. on Monday, Christmas Day, at Stroger Hospital, according to the medical examiner.
The city of Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States. It has banned the possession of several semi-automatic firearms that it defines as assault weapons. However, in spite of the city’s stringent gun control, more than 600 people were killed by gun violence in Chicago this year alone and almost 3,000 were shot and wounded.
In 2014, the mayor of Chicago attempted to pass legislation prohibiting the sale of all firearms within city limits. However, shortly afterward a federal judge ruled that the bill was unconstitutional. In the same year, Chicago also passed a new law restricting gun stores to just a few areas in the city. All sales had to be videotaped and citizens were restricted to a maximum of one gun purchase over a 30-day period. In January of this year, a federal appeals court ruled that this gun shop law was also unconstitutional.
To legally own a gun or ammunition in Chicago, residents must apply for a Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID), which is issued by the Illinois State Police. Concealed carry licenses are only issued to over 21-year-olds who have passed a 16-hour firearms training course, but police can raise an objection to any applicant being granted a license.
However, non-residents who can legally own guns in their home state are exempt from the license requirement. Police say the 31-year-old who shot Haggard when he tried to rob him had a valid license to carry a concealed handgun issued by the state of Indiana.
The unidentified “intended victim,” and perhaps others inside the store, made it home to celebrate Christmas with their families. Why? Because one man took personal responsibility and his own self defense seriously, even in a city determined to leave him defenseless.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Tucker is a foreign correspondent and media analyst for Not Liberal.