The victim in this case shot and wounded one of the suspects in an attempted carjacking. The crime occurred in the 7600 block of Cicero Ave near the Ford City Mall, according to the report. The victim, who was 24, was approached by two suspects, one of whom was carrying a handgun. The suspect allegedly fired at the victim, who produced their own handgun and fired back. Police said the victim was legally authorized to carry a weapon and had a valid FOID/CCL license. The victim is not being charged with a crime in this case.
In this case, the victim has a valid claim of self-defense since the suspect was found carrying a weapon and discharged that weapon. But not all cases of self-defense are so cut-and-dried. In many cases, a victim can be charged with a crime for discharging their weapon in public or even attempted murder.