Husband of Illinois Dem state lawmaker fired legal gun at perps during carjacking: reports

Illinois State Sen. Kimberly Lightford, D-Maywood.

The husband of the high-ranking Democratic Illinois lawmaker who was carjacked this week used a legally-owned gun to fire shots at the alleged carjackers, according to multiple reports.

Illinois state Sen. Kimberly Lightford was with her husband Eric McKennie Tuesday night when three individuals wearing masks stole Lightford’s Mercedes-Benz SUV, police in the Village of Broadview said Wednesday. Broadview is a Chicago suburb.

At the time, police only disclosed that shots were fired during the carjacking, and that nobody – the senator, her husband or the alleged carjackers – was hurt. But the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday that Broadview Chief of Police Thomas Mills said McKennie and a suspected carjacker traded fire.

According to the Tribune, McKinnie is a legal gun owner with a concealed carry license.

“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 about the incident in an interview with ABC 7.

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