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Chicago has long been known as a city beleaguered by both crime and incredibly strict gun laws.

Late Wednesday morning, at a Far South Side cell phone store, a clerk with a concealed carry permit shot two would-be robbers who drew guns.

Two men came into the store, pretending to browse for a few minutes, before pulling guns at the store on E. 95th St. The worker then drew his own firearm and began to fire, according to this story from the Chicago Tribune.

The employee shot both suspects, who fled the store and drove themselves to a hospital.

“Thank God for concealed carry,” said employee Neil Tadros, a district manager for T-Mobile, the story says.

Both suspects survived but are in serious condition at South Shore Hospital, the story says. One man, 35, suffered gunshot wounds to his left arm and groin. The other suspect, 24, was shot in the left arm and the abdomen. Charges are still pending.

AJ Joudeh, a regional manager for the T-Mobile, said the company allows employees with CCW permits to have weapons at work and confirmed that the employee who fired the shots did indeed have a permit.

“A lot of people think they can go out and rob people without anyone defending themselves,” Tadros told the Tribune. “It’s a great thing to have to protect yourselves, even when you’re not in a business. If you’re out in the streets and someone is threatening your life, you can go out and protect yourself.”