Uber Driver Takes Down Chicago Gunman

He had concealed-carry permit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2015 12:16 AM CDT
Uber Driver Takes Down Chicago Gunman
Smartphones display Uber car availability in New York.    (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Uber drivers tend to make the news when they commit crimes, but here's one who stopped a potential mass shooting. Police in Chicago say an Uber driver who had just dropped off a passenger around midnight on Friday opened fire on a man he saw shooting into a nearby group of people on the sidewalk, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Alleged gunman Everardo Custodio, 22, was hit six times and was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh, and lower back, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Nobody else was injured in the incident. Officials say the 47-year-old driver, who stayed at the scene and presented a valid concealed-carry permit to police, "was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others" and will not be charged. An Uber spokeswoman tells the Sun-Times that the driver is still with the company, which requires all drivers to abide by all laws pertaining to carrying firearms in vehicles. (More Uber stories.)

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