Woman Defends Herself With Concealed-Carry Gun, Shoots Would-Be Carjacker

A woman has shot a man who was allegedly trying to break into her vehicle in Chicago early Wednesday morning.

The woman was also shot as she ran away from the would-be carjacker and three other men who were with him at the time the incident occurred, according to the Chicago Police Department.

The 23-year-old woman, who has not been publicly identified, had a concealed-carry license and used her weapon to defend herself, police told Newsweek. The incident began shortly after 2 a.m. local time on Wednesday as the woman sat inside her vehicle, which at the time was parked along the 1300 block of East 89th Street in the Calumet Heights neighborhood.

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A woman used her concealed-carry weapon to defend herself during an attempted carjacking in Chicago on Wednesday. Above, crime scene tape is stretched around the front of a home where a man was shot on May 28, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

As the woman sat in her car, police said four men got out of another vehicle that was near the woman's parked automobile. Police described the second vehicle as a black sedan, but have not identified any of the men by name or age.

After getting out of the sedan, one of the men approached the woman's vehicle and showed her a gun as he tried to break inside. Police said the woman then used her concealed-carry weapon and shot the man in the head.

After the man was shot, the woman ran away from her vehicle and was shot in her left arm by another man from the group, police said. The woman was described by police as being in "fair condition" when she was transported to Trinity Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Police said the man was in "critical condition" when he was transported by the Chicago Fire Department to the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The three other individuals "fled and are not in custody," police said. Detectives are investigating the incident.

Vehicle thefts have been on the rise in Chicago this year. According to the Chicago-based television news station WBBM-TV, there were more than 3,000 vehicle thefts last month, making October the month with the largest number of car thefts in Chicago in about 20 years.

As of November 20, Chicago Police Department data showed 17,700 vehicle thefts had been reported since the beginning of the year. That number marks a 93 percent uptick over the total number of vehicle thefts reported for 2021 by this time last year, and a 104 percent increase in the number of vehicle thefts reported to police for 2020 by late November.

Crime has been a topic of concern across the U.S., with many voters identifying it as one of the issues they were most worried about heading into the midterm elections earlier this month.