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An Uber driver drew his weapon, fired six shots and stopped a potential mass shooting

That’s according to prosecutors in Chicago.

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A DRIVER WITH the ride-hailing service Uber put a stop to a potential mass shooting in Chicago over the weekend.

The Chicago Tribune quotes assistant state attorney Barry Quinn who explained explained exactly what happened on Friday night.

“A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd,” Quinn said.

The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defence of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday. He will not be charged.

Custodio is now facing a number of charges.

Chicago was home to some of the most draconian gun laws in the US until a 2010 Supreme Court ruling found Chicago’s gun-regulation regime was unconstitutional.

That ruling applied the court’s previous landmark Second Amendment ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller, to state governments.

While those rulings dealt with the right to bear arms for self-defence in the home, some circuit courts, including Chicago, have extended the Heller-McDonald logic to certain public places as well as the home.

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