Armed woman fatally shot a 19-year-old man who tried to rob her at a bus station.

Odette Odendaal
Jan 10, 2019
12:34 P.M.
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On December 8, a man who tried to rob a woman early in the morning at gunpoint got fatally shot when she defended herself.


Around 6:15 am a woman waited at a bus stop at 103rd & Wallace in Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood, when a 19-year-old male attempted to rob her at gunpoint.


Captured by a surveillance camera across the street, the incident came to a head within seconds as the woman drew her weapon and shot her attempted robber in the neck.

The 19-year-old male took off running down the side street while the woman ran off in the opposite direction. The man soon collapsed, and police transported him to Christ Hospital where he got pronounced dead.

Police determined that the woman had a valid conceal to carry permit and no charges got filed.


Neighbors reacted with support, and glad the woman was able to protect herself, which is why she carried a firearm in the first place. A neighbor, Bianca Daniel commented:

"It's tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do. She's on a bus stop, probably going to work, you know, and she has to encounter that early in the morning. I'm kinda of proud that, like, that's what she did because she stuck up for herself."


It is not often that victims of such crimes can fend off their attackers as another neighbor said:

"I'm glad that she had concealed carry and good aim because there is so much going on in these streets.”


The armed robber has been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office as Laavion Goings. The woman sustained minor injuries and is shaken by the incident but otherwise in good shape. Detectives have launched an investigation, but chances of charges being filed are slim.

According to statistics from the Chicago Tribune, 2,937 people got shot in 2018 while over 17.25 million people received concealed handgun permits in the United States alone as of August 2018.


During another attempted robbery at the Alibaba Market on 419 Wolf Street in Syracuse in December, an employee of the store the man was trying to rob, also fought back and shot the suspect.

The man fled on foot and was found by police soon after, about a tenth of a mile away from the store he tried to rob.


The suspect got rushed to the hospital where surgeons kept him away from death’s door and expected to make a full recovery.In this case, the employee was also not charged while the police did their customary investigation into the incident.

Helping those unable to defend themselves can sometimes come with a price tag, as Leonid Shchepel from Russia found out.


One night in September, Leonid came across a drunken resident, Sergey Kravchenko as he brutally attacked the frail 88-year-old Klara Melamed, having mistaken her for an intruder in his drunken state.

Leonid rushed to Klara’s aid and kicked Sergey in the face to get him off Klara, for that he was fined $74.

Thankfully Leonid does not regret helping Klara who sustained numerous injuries as a result from the attack and would do it again without a second thought. If not for Leonid’s intervention, Klara may very well not have survived the drunken man’s attack.

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