Armed Robber’s Family Complains He Was Shot “Too Many Times”


The family of a Chicago man gunned down during a robbery attempt are calling for his shooter, a concealed weapon permit-holder, to be prosecuted for the shooting. The Washington Post is helping to further that effort, suggesting the failed robbery could even be a Halloween prank gone horribly wrong.

Police say Saturday night Reginald Gildersleeve walked into the small bodega Agencia Mexicana while wearing a mask and announced a holdup, whipping out what appeared to be gun. Moments later he was gunned down by an unnamed patron. It was later discovered that Gildersleeve’s gun was a paintball gun.

Chicago police are treating the case as rather open-and-shut. Even if Gildersleeve wasn’t carrying a real gun, he was brandishing like it was, and the shooter acted accordingly.

But now, Gildersleeve’s family is calling for charges to be levied, saying that the habitual criminal didn’t deserve to die. Igbinosa Oronsaye, Gildersleeve’s stepson, told The Chicago Tribune the shooter overreacted in shooting multiple times.

“Some people don’t actually know how to use guns,” Oronsaye said. “They go to firing ranges, but it’s not the same as a bullet going into someone’s body, it’s not the same as a bullet going into flesh. They should be able to wound first, kill next. He didn’t deserve to get shot multiple times.”

Oronsaye also said the shooter needed to be punished for killing a member of the community.

“You just took a brother, you just took a father from a lot of people. Somebody’s got to answer for that,” he said.

The family’s argument is being pushed along by The Washington Post, where writer Michael Miller says the shooting is “raising questions.” Miller wrote up Gildersleeve’s death Monday morning in a manner that seems intended to frame Gildersleeve in the best possible light. Miller, for instance, describes the shooting as “mysterious” because it “occurred on Halloween and involved a man in a mask with a fake gun,” although robberies with fake guns happen all the time.


  • Obviously not shot enough.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      I think he fed him the entire clip and he still wasn’t full?

  • tom_billesley

    Shoot to wound? Strictly Hollywood.
    Haloween prank? Darwin Award.

    • Alain

      Better shoot to kill is always the best advice.

      • DVult

        Maybe he should have shot the gun out of the guys hand or shot a few apples off the tree across the road first to intimidate the perp..

      • Clausewitz

        1st rule, Center of mass, then double tap so they don’t come back as a Democrat zombie

  • Dana Garcia

    You shoot till the perp stops moving. That’s how I was taught.

  • Xavier

    The solution is obvious: shoot the entire family.

  • Exile1981

    “You just took a brother, you just took a father from a lot of people. Somebody’s got to answer for that,” he said.

    So they are saying he fathered a lot of illegitimate kids? And how about the career criminal takes responsibility for his actions? He chose to commit a crime and died doing it. No one forced him to go rob that place HE made a choice.

  • HalcyonDaze

    This clown qualifies as one of the dumbest people on the planet. He’s lucky that it wasn’t a one shot response because he wouldn’t be here complaining about it.

  • Mannie

    The criminal family should just be rounded up and hanged. Time to start chlorinating the gene pool.

  • Maggat

    None of us ‘deserve’ to die, however he chose the time and place. Tough.

  • Lloyd Snauwaert

    Boo frigging hoo…

  • irishrus

    oh yeah we’ve all pulled that ole prank… bring a paintball gun to a business and pretend to rob it for laughs.. that was a gut buster

    • Clink9

      A real knee slapper.

  • “they should be able to wound first”?!?!?
    If you want to be artfully discouraged by a mere flesh wound, next time you should try to commit a crime against the trick shooter at the wild west show. Pull a gun on me (paintball shmaintball) I’m filling you full of holes and asking questions later. Buy the shooter a box of hollow points and give him a trophy.

  • simus1

    WaPo is the ever flowing font of all kinds of anti protect yourself wisdom.

  • WalterBannon

    the shooter should have headed over to the armed robbers house and eliminated his co-conspirators too.

  • Martin B

    “Somebody’s got to answer for that”

    Reginald Gildersleeve needed to answer for his evil life of crime, and Igbinosa Oronsaye needs to be shot. Preferably multiple times.

  • Tom Forsythe

    The way you know that you’ve shot enough is the “click” sound.

    • Xavier

      The click sound means you need to slot a fresh clip and keep firing.

  • Xavier

    I’m sure the family will volunteer to be shoot-to-wound practice targets.

  • simus1

    They forgot to mention he had found the lord and spent all his time praying in church 24/7.
    Well, except for this unfortunate relapse for reasons unknown..

  • Canadian

    Why? Did the shooter bill the family for the bullets?