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Victim Shoots Armed Robber, Gets Arrested For Not Having Concealed-Carry Permit

Araceli Diaz was arrested because she didn't have a concealed-carry permit for the gun she used to defend herself.

Chicago, IL – A 21-year-old woman who shot an armed 14-year-old girl who tried to rob her on Friday night is facing charges because she didn’t have a concealed weapons permit for her legally-owned handgun.

The incident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 when Araceli Diaz went to meet up with the teenager in the 2300-block of South Drake Avenue to complete the sale of a dog that had been negotiated online, FOX News reported.

Police said that when the two women met up, the 14 year old pulled out a gun and struck Diaz in the head with it, WFLD reported.

Then the teenager tried to steal Diaz’s property.

That’s when Diaz, who was carrying her legally-owned handgun, and shot the 14-year-old girl in the chest, WFLD reported.

The teenager was transported to Stroger Hospital by ambulance in critical condition, WGN reported.

It turned out that the weapon she’d attacked her victim with was a pellet gun.

The 14 year old was arrested at the hospital on Saturday morning and charged with attempted armed robbery, WFLD reported.

She is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Dec. 9.

“We’re not sure where they met initially or how they communicated, but all we do know is that the 14-year-old did show up with other intentions and she pulled out a BB gun,” Chicago Police Officer Jose Jara told WFLD.

“A BB gun can appear like a real gun and to anyone out there it’s gonna appear like a real gun, to the police, and to any individual, and if someone’s carrying and they have their own CCL they may use their own gun to defend themselves,” Officer Jara explained.

However, while Diaz had a Firearms Owners Identification card, she did not have a concealed-carry license for the handgun that she used to defend herself from the armed teen, WFLD reported.

Diaz was taken into custody at 6:45 p.m. the day of the shooting in the 1400-block of South 57th Street in Cicero, according to WGN.

She was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and was due for a hearing in bond court on Sunday.

Aggravated unlawful use of a weapon is a felony. If convicted, Diaz faces one to three years in prison.

Sandy Malone - December Sun, 2019

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