CRIME

Paintball Gun-Wielding Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed

The customer who shot him was a licensed concealed carry holder.

A Chicago grocery store customer holding a concealed carry license shot and killed a suspected robber on Saturday night.

The suspect, Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, allegedly entered Agencia Mexicana at around 7 p.m. wearing a mask and pulled out what appeared to be a gun, The Chicago Tribune reported.

He was actually holding a paintball gun, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Huffington Post. 

Robbery suspect Reginald Gildersleeve was shot and killed by a customer at the Agencia Mexicana.
Robbery suspect Reginald Gildersleeve was shot and killed by a customer at the Agencia Mexicana.

Gildersleeve allegedly declared that he was robbing the store, then pointed the paintball gun at an employee and forced her towards the back of the business, according to the Associated Press. A customer, who was legally carrying a concealed gun, then shot Gildersleeve multiple times, fatally wounding him. 

His stepson, Igbinosa Oronsaye, said Gildersleeve didn’t deserve to be killed.

“Now my heart feels like ice,” he told the Tribune. “I loved that man so dearly."

No one else was injured in the incident. 

Spokesman Guglielmi told HuffPost that the customer who shot Gildersleeve will not face charges, since officials consider the shooting to have been self-defense.

Contact the author at Hilary.Hanson@huffingtonpost.com

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