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Charges unlikely in concealed-carry shooting on Southwest Side: police

Police say charges are unlikely to filed against a customer who fatally shot a man trying to rob a Southwest Side business Saturday night.

A man walked into a Gage Park business that included a currency exchange in the 2700 block of West 51st Street about 7 p.m. and pulled out a gun, threatened the employee behind the counter and announced a robbery, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

A customer in the store withdrew his own weapon and fired at the suspect, Guglielmi said. Other customers were in the business at the time, but authorities could not immediately say how many.

Reginald Gildersleeve, 55, of the 5000 block of South California was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:10 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Guglielmi said Gildersleeve had an extensive criminal history, including prior arrests for robbery.

The person who shot Gildersleeve has a concealed carry permit and a FOID card, Guglielmi said.

Area Central detectives are wrapping up the investigation and charges “do not appear likely,” according to a statement from Chicago police.