A driver for the pseudo-taxi service Uber is being hailed as a hero after he single-handedly put a stop to an erratic gunman’s rampage using his own concealed firearm.
Last Friday around noon, a driver for the company observed a group of people walk by his vehicle as he sat waiting in traffic at a Chicago intersection.
The 47-year-old driver, who has not been named in reports, next saw 22-year-old Everardo Custodio begin firing rounds at a crowd on the sidewalk, prompting the driver to pull his own concealed weapon, which he was legally permitted to have.
The driver fired at Custodio six times, hitting him in the lower back, thigh, knee and shin, according to police.
Police arriving at the scene found Custodio lying on the ground bleeding and a weapon near him.
The driver “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” the Cook County Assistant State Attorney Barry Quinn said in a statement.
Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin couldn’t yet comment on the driver’s actions, except to say that drivers are required to abide by local, state and federal handgun laws.
The driver was still employed with the company as of last night, reports CBS Chicago.
The City of Chicago has seen a drastic decrease in crime, including robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle theft, since the state began issuing concealed carry permits to citizens last year, reports The Washington Times.
As The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross points out, “Had Friday’s incident occurred just a little more than a year ago, the Uber driver would likely face weapons charges of his own.”