Concealed-carry holder — wounded by gunfire — shoots 16-year-old gunman in West Side attempted robbery

The license-holder was shot in the leg, while the teen was struck twice in the abdomen, police say.

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Two people were shot April 2, 2020, including a concealed-carry licensee, in the 600 block of North Leclaire Avenue in Austin.

Two people were shot April 2, 2020, including a concealed-carry licensee, in the 600 block of North Leclaire Avenue in Austin.

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A 29-year-old concealed-carry license holder exchanged gunfire in an attempted robbery Thursday morning on the West Side, wounding a 16-year-old gunman and suffering two gunshot wounds himself.

Shortly before 7 a.m., the license-holder was walking in the 600 block of North LeClaire in Austin when a group of three to five suspects came up and demanded his money and belongings, Chicago police said.

As a 16-year-old boy in the group pulled out a weapon, the 29-year-old drew his own gun and exchanged gunfire with the group, police said.

The license-holder was shot in the leg and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The 16-year-old was struck twice in the abdomen and taken to the same hospital in fair condition.

A police source said the boy was released from custody after the man refused to seek charges.

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