Thursday, July 31, 2014

Downsized Employee Shoots CEO, Self

"CHICAGO, IL — An executive with a Loop company, upset that he was being demoted, walked into the CEO's office on LaSalle Street this morning and shot him twice before turning the gun on himself, police said.

"Tony DeFrances, 59, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head at the scene. His friend and CEO of ArrowStream, Steven LaVoie, 54, was shot in the head and abdomen and was in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, authorities said.

"DeFrances had been told last Friday that he was being demoted as the company was downsizing, according to Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

"He asked for a one-on-one meeting with LaVoie this morning in his 17th floor offices at 231 S. LaSalle St., McCarthy said. Workers heard shots around 9:55 a.m.

"`Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,` McCarthy said of DeFrances."

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Police Find Gun, Question Possible Witness

"ERIE, PA — Erie police investigators are interviewing a woman who was in a Liberty Street apartment where a man and woman died of gunshot wounds this morning.

"The victims, a 62-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, were found dead in a bedroom in an upstairs apartment at 2716 Liberty St. after officers were summoned there on a report of a shooting at about 8:30 a.m. Each suffered a single gunshot wound, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said.

"Cook said that right now, the deaths are being investigated as a murder/suicide.

"No autopsies have been scheduled at this point, Cook said.

"Erie police have recovered a gun, Police Chief Randy Bowers said.

"Two children were also in the apartment at the time of the shooting."


Dead Man Likely Plotted Murder/Suicide

"TRABUCO CANYON, CA — Sheriff's homicide investigators believe a 56-year-old Lake Forest man tried to pull off a murder/suicide with his wife as the victim Tuesday, but only managed to successfully complete the suicide portion.

"Timothy Charles Wilkinson was declared dead from a gunshot wound at his home in the 28000 block of Mountain View Lane in Trabuco Canyon, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock, the Orange County Sheriff's spokesman.

"Meanwhile, Wilkinson's 72-year-old wife is being treated at a local hospital for blunt force trauma to the head and lacerations to her neck, says Hallock.

"He added the unidentified woman is expected to survive.

"`We believe the deceased male attempted to or intended it to be a murder/suicide,` Hallock tells City News Service. `We're investigating his death as a suicide.`

"Investigators were awaiting an autopsy to confirm Wilkinson's cause of death."


Bodies Found In Car On Lonely Road

"LACEY, WA — Thurston County sheriff's deputies are investigating an apparent murder/suicide shooting that left a husband and wife dead near Lacey Wednesday.

"A passing driver spotted the bodies just after 2 p.m. alongside 56th Ave. NE west of Marvin Rd. NE and called 911, according to Greg Elwin with the Thurston Co. Sheriff's Office.

"The 39-year-old woman was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, Elwin said. The 51-year-old man, had a gun shot wound to the face and died on the way to the hospital.

"`The gun that was used was right next to the bodies, and it appears they were husband and wife,` said Lt. Cliff Ziesemer of the Thurston County sheriff's office.

"The car is registered to a Lakewood apartment. Lakewood police rushed there and found the couple's two teenaged children. The kids were not hurt.

"Elwin said they are still investigating what led up to the shooting. The victims' names have not been released."


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Shooter, Victim Survive Violent Encounter

"SEATTLE, WA — A recently released ex-con shot a Seattle bank guard and himself during a fight Thursday, King County prosecutors now claim.

"Charging documents from last week's Bank of America shooting the Central District say the defendant shot the guard several times with the guard's gun before shooting himself in the face.

"Prosecutors say Arthur Thomas, 24, had been released from jail just two days before the shooting.

"Having been convicted of and wanted for a handful of misdemeanor crimes in several counties, Thomas was reportedly trespassed from the bank by the guard in the past.

"Both Thomas and the guard were sent to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition following Thursday's shooting.

"As of Monday afternon, Thomas was in serious condition in the intensive care unit and the guard had been upgraded to satisfactory condition, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. King County prosecutors filed a first-degree assault charge against Thomas Friday.

"The incident occurred about 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bank of America branch at 2301 South Jackson Street."