Saturday, November 29, 2014

Black Friday

"CHICAGO, IL — A gunman shot a woman before turning the gun on himself Friday night in what police describe as a domestic-related shooting at the Nordstrom store on North Michigan Avenue.

"The man, whose age was not available, was targeting his `girlfriend or ex-girlfriend,` who was a seasonal employee at the department store, said John Escalante, chief of detectives for the Chicago Police Department.

"`She was working up on the second floor when he approached her, fired one shot, which struck her,` Escalante said on the scene. `He then turned the gun to himself and shot and killed himself.`

"Responders found the gunman dead when they arrived, and the woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Escalante said.

"The crowded store was hurriedly emptied of holiday shoppers after the shooting, according to witnesses. The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

"`This is an active scene, an ongoing investigation, but again, I can tell you it is domestic-related,` Escalante said.

"According to court records, the gunman had petitioned to have a temporary restraining order issued against the woman for stalking. That petition was denied by a Cook County judge last April, court records show.

"According to the Nordstrom website, the store was open until 9 p.m."

From the Chicago Tribune...

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