A conceal carry gun owner shot a would-be robber in the leg in Waukegan Thursday afternoon, police said. The suspect has been charged and a second suspect is still on the loose.
Lawrence Dye, 20, of Waukegan, has been charged with armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
The Waukegan Police Department was called at 1 p.m. Thursday to Fulton Street and 9th Avenue for an armed robbery and shooting. Officers learned that a 30-year-old Gurnee man had shot Dye after Dye tried robbing him.
Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said that the Gurnee man had used the online marketplace app Letgo to meet Dye and sell him something. When the victim arrived at the location, Dye and another man tried robbing him of the property.
“Dye displayed a handgun and demanded the property from the victim. The victim, who is a valid Concealed Carry holder, pulled out his handgun and fired three rounds at Dye,” Walles said.
Dye was shot once in the leg and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have recovered the handgun used by Dye in the robbery.
He is now in the custody of the Waukegan Police Department and is scheduled to appear in bond court soon.
“The Waukegan Police Department would like to remind its citizens to use the Waukegan Police Department (101 N. West Street) as a 24 hour a day safe location to exchange property,” Walles said.