Chicago Food Truck Owner Killed While Saving 15 People During Robbery

Derrick Gholston drew his own concealed handgun and confronted the attackers as they were robbing a local barbershop.

Chicago, IL – A Chicago food truck operator with a concealed-carry permit was killed while saving at least 15 citizens from two masked gunman last Saturday night.

Derrick Gholston, 43, was selling jerk chicken from his truck on East 112th Place when the armed suspects approached him at approximately 7:15 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The suspects brandished a handgun and demanded that Gholston hand over some of his property, and he complied, police said.

The attackers then stormed into the nearby Crispy Cuts Barbershop and announced a robbery, just before they shot a 51-year-old man inside the business, WGN reported.

Police said that least 15 people were inside the shop at the time, WMAQ reported.

That’s when Gholston, who was legally carrying his own concealed weapon, raced inside the barbershop to end the gunmen’s rampage, according to WGN.

He engaged in a gunfight with the suspects, and was shot in the process.

One of the masked intruders, later identified as 18-year-old Carlos Smith, was also shot, WGN reported.

The second suspect managed to escape, and the search for him continues.

Gholston and Smith were rushed to Christ Memorial Hospital, where they both died within an hour from gunshot wounds to their torsos, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The 51-year-old shooting victim was transported to a local hospital with two gunshot wounds to the leg, and was listed in stable condition.

"This is a guy that saw something terrible that was about to happen, intervened, and it’s the last thing that he did,” resident Nicholas Sidel told WGN. “In my book, he’s a hero…It’s really hurtful to find out that he actually passed away.”

Gholston leaves behind two young sons, ages five and three, WMAQ reported.

According to police, Smith was still wearing a mask and was in possession of zip ties when he was taken to the hospital, WGN reported.

“They had an intention to go in there, tie everybody up and rob the place,” Sidel told WGN. “I hope they catch the guy who got away. I really do.”

The gunman who fled the scene was described as a black male who stood between five feet, seven inches and six feet tall, and weighed between 150 and 185 pounds, the Hartford Courant reported.

He was last seen wearing jeans and an orange hooded sweatshirt.

Area South detectives are handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

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flybynight
flybynight

Brave man and gave his life for others. You can't ask anymore than that.

Mattquest
Mattquest

A true hero who gave his life protecting strangers. May his family and friends find Peace of mind and spirit.

ladywriter
ladywriter

this is heartbreaking to read. RIP Hero and prayers to his family at such a tragic time.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

RIP, feel for his young sons.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Brave man. Gave his life to protect others. A hardworking law-abiding citizen, a father of two. A true hero.

Derrick Gholston posted October 29, 2011

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Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

A very sad day for him and his family, he is a local hero.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

"Hero": one who put their own life or reputation on the line to either Save a life or make another's life better. This man fit's that description. RIP my friend.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

The mayor needs to be recalled and a REAL Chicagoan elected. One that actually has the people's BEST interest at heart and NOT a Soros Puppet.

DNW
DNW

Rest in Peace, Hero.

stooge819
stooge819

Well done, warrior. Rest Easy. Your life mattered.

floridacop
floridacop

Rest easy hero. You sir are a true definition of hero

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

His sons will remember that their Dad gave his life to save others. What a wonderful man he was to do that and a legacy of pride for his kids. They will be so proud of him once their pain subsides........God bless and welcome this man into His arms.

cops-kid
cops-kid

Is there a Go Fund me set up yet ??

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The good died young. A hard working small business operator. Standing up to human garbage even though it’s against the odds. Died as an example that it takes a big man to know that the world is bigger than him. The population of Heaven just increased by one.

gfc1963
gfc1963

A true hero.

61mouse
61mouse

Watch out Chicago the BLM will be filling the streets with protestors

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

That is what a true hero would do. God bless him and his family 🙏🏼💕💔

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Good guy with a gun, likely saved over a dozen people, sacrificing himself in the process. A true hero.

tfort
tfort

A true American hero.

Basil69
Basil69

Sympathy to his family. So heartbreaking a true hero

Hoops
Hoops

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends.

Princie883
Princie883

God bless this father

Bailey17
Bailey17

The city of Chicago needs to recognize this man in some way for his bravery, heroism, smart thinking saving the lives of so many even at the cost of his own. 💔. May peace be with his family and friends! 🙏🏻