T-Mobile store employee shoots 2 armed robbery suspects in Chicago

ByJohn Garcia WLS logo
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Store employee shoots 2 robbery suspects
Two robbery suspects were shot by an employee at a cell phone store on Chicago's South Side.

CHICAGO -- Two robbery suspects were shot by an employee at a T-mobile location on Chicago's South Side, leaving the store riddled with bullet holes.

The manager of the store said he would be telling a different story if his employee wasn't carrying a weapon with a concealed carry license.

"I think concealed carry is a great opportunity for managers, workers, employees to protect themselves in these cases. And our employee did a great job to protect themselves and the other employee," Neil Tadros, the store manager said.

Tadros said two men entered the store and acted like they were shopping for phones for a few minutes, then pulled out guns.

One employee ran to the back to call for help while the other pulled out his own gun and fired at the two suspects. He hit one of them in the groin and the arm, and the other in the abdomen and the arm.

The men ran from the store with the employee chasing them, on the phone giving a description to police.

The suspects then drove to a nearby hospital where police took them into custody.

Neighbors said the cell phone store has been robbed several times in the last month. Ed Brown was working in the salon next door at the time of the shooting.

"We just started hearing gunshots. At first we couldn't really tell what it was, but it was coming back-to-back so we kind of caught on. Everybody hit the floor and just took cover," Brown said.

Police said the suspects, ages 24 and 35, are listed in serious condition at a local hospital. Witnesses said they don't believe the suspects ever fired their weapons.