Robbery Victim Grabs Gun, Escapes Car, Shoots Assailant

The victim says he fired the gun as a warning shot

By Susan Ball
|  Wednesday, Dec 23, 2009  |  Updated 1:00 PM CDT
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A South Side man says he grabbed a gun from robbers, escaped the car they'd forced him to ride in, and then shot one of his assailants, accidentally killing her, according to the Chicago Tribune.

"I'm walking to the store minding my own business and a car full of juveniles pull their car to the side," said the 31-year-old man, who asked not to be identified, to the Tribune. "A guy gets out pointing a gun at me to get in the car and says we're going to the ATM. There's a bunch of people in there--I'm not going to argue."

Chicago police said they have corroborated details of the 31-year-old's account with witnesses and say he won't face any charges in the Tuesday shooting.

The man told police that a group of juveniles ordered him into a car then took his wallet, ATM card and pin number before stopping at a local restaurant to unload some people.

Two of the alleged robbers then tried to exchange the gun from the back to the front seat, but it discharged and apparently hit one of the robbers, a woman.

"All of a sudden, by the grace of God, between these two fools, I hear boom and then I hear her hollering and screaming, 'I shot my finger off, I shot it off," the victim said to the Tribune.  "The driver starts panicking and he goes right into a Dumpster."

The victim managed to grab the gun and escaped the car, then fired a warning shot towards the fleeing robbers -- accidentally striking, and killing, the woman.

When the victim eventually flagged down a passing patrol car, he said he was handcuffed and brought back to the police station since he was still holding the gun.

The woman, 21-year-old Barbara McComb, was pronounced dead early this morning, the Tribune reports.

One police official reportedly told the unidentified man, "You're either lucky or you're crazy."

Read the full, crazy story at Chicago Tribune.com.

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