3 charged after employee shoots 2 robbers at North Side store

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From left: Stephon Kinchen, Neil Thomas, Anthony Simpkins-McDonald | Cook County sheriff's office, Chicago Police

Three men have been charged after two of them were shot by the employee of the store they tried to rob Sunday night in West Rogers Park, according to Chicago Police.

Stephon Kinchen, 18; Anthony Simpkins-McDonald, 21; and Neil Thomas, 24, each face two felony counts of attempted robbery armed with a firearm, police said.

About 9:45 p.m., they tried to hold up the store in the 7400 block of North Western when a male employee with a valid concealed carry license opened fire, hitting two of them before they ran away, police said. They were arrested nearby.

Thomas shot in the shoulder and treated at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and Kinchen was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital with a graze wound to the forearm. Their conditions were stabilized, police said. Simpkins-McDonald was not injured

The employee suffered minor injuries but declined medical attention, police said.

Bond was set at $900,000 apiece for Kinchen, of the 7300 block of North Damen, and Thomas, of the 7500 block of North Winchester, according to Cook County Circuit Court records. Simpkins-McDonald, who lives with Thomas, was jailed on a $250,000 bond.