Husband of Illinois state Senator fired gun at carjackers

The husband of Illinois state Sen. Kimberly Lightford fired shots at carjackers who stole their vehicle at gunpoint on Tuesday night in the Chicago suburb of Broadview.

Eric McKennie, Lighford’s husband, fired shots at the carjackers as they drove away after the three men allegedly stole the Mercedes-Benz SUV while wearing masks and forcing them away from the vehicle at gunpoint.

McKennie reportedly has a conceal carry license and legally owned the firearm.

Lightford’s Response

“It was a lot of shots being fired. I think they were shooting at my husband and me and luckily enough my husband is concealed and carry and he was able to protect us,” Lightford said in an interview with ABC 7.

“I am thankful that my husband and I are alive and physically unharmed,” Lightford said in a statement earlier this week. “I want to thank everyone who has offered their love and support.”

Not the Only Incident

Sadly, the senator’s carjacking was not an isolated incident. On the same day, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked in South Philadelphia.

Two men reportedly took her keys after pointing a gun at her as she approached the SUV after a meeting. One man drove away in the vehicle and the second man followed in another SUV.

That night, the vehicle was spotted in Delaware and the five people in the vehicle were arrested.

The concerning events mark a striking contrast with the defund the police initiatives of some Democrats, including policies by Scanlon, as leftist-led cities faces surging crime.

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