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Video: Chicago Shop Owner Fends Off Armed Robber With Baseball Bat [UPDATE]

By Chuck Sudo in News on Apr 11, 2013 2:15PM

A Logan Square business owner is being hailed as a hero after he fended off an armed robbery with a baseball bat. Two men attempted to rob Luis Quizhpe’s shop on the 2200 block of North Western Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Quizhpe picked up a baseball bat he kept behind the counter when one of the men pulled a gun and grabbed his brother-in-law.

Per the Tribune:

"I thought it was a toy, but what made me frightened and really made me angry was when they grabbed my brother-in-law by the neck and they were pointing the gun at him."

The gunman fired several shots while Quizhpe swung the bat at him before the robber attempted to leave the store. Upon realizing he needed to be buzzed out of the store, the robber returned and jumped over the counter, where Quizhpe was waiting with the bat and proceeded to beat him with it.

Miraculously, Quizhpe only suffered a gunshot wound to his leg. We’ve included raw video of the incident below. (Discretion advised.)

Update: Charges have been filed against one of the two assailants in the attempted robbery. Cornell Mack, 53, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and discharge of a firearm. His bond has been set at $750,000, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Mack, who was the accomplice to the gunman, was shot in the stomach while trying to escape the store. He was arrested at Stroger Hospital, where he was being treated for the gunshot wound.