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Black Friday Double Shooting in Nordstrom Leaves One Dead, One Injured

November 29, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A double shooting inside a Nordstrom store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, leaves one man dead and one woman injured authorities said.

Store employee Janis Tillman said the shooting happened on the first floor of the store, at 55 E. Grand Ave., shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Tillman said she was in the shoe department when she heard a bang and dropped to the floor before hearing a second bang.

“I just heard two shots,” said Tillman. “We all ran. Everybody started running to the back of the store.”

Police said a man shot a woman he knew before turning the gun on himself. He died on the scene. The woman was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was in critical condition as of 10 p.m.

“I was right around the corner when an eyewitness came out. I said, ‘What happened?’ She said, ‘I saw somebody. I saw the guy pull out a gun, shot her, and then he then shot himself,’” said shopper Bob Rogers. “She was shaken. Very shaken.”

The female victim was a seasonal employee of the store, Chicago Police Chief of Detectives John J. Escalante said.

Escalante said the incident was domestic-related.

“No other people who were in the store were shot or hurt,” he said. “No other people who were in the store were threatened.”

The store was evacuated of all shoppers after the shooting, and crime tape remained outside the store as of 10 p.m.
“It’s one of the friendliest stores there is,” said Rogers. “You don’t expect it to happen right here.”

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