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Demoted worker shoots CEO, kills self in Chicago

 
Posted July 31st, 2014 @ 10:13am

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CHICAGO (AP) — A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown Chicago high-rise office building in the city's bustling financial district, police said.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said a worker at a technological company pulled a gun after entering the 17th-floor office to meet one-on-one with his CEO. There was a struggle for the gun, and the CEO was shot twice before the gunman fatally shot himself, McCarthy said.

McCarthy said the company was downsizing and "a number of people," including the alleged shooter, were being demoted.

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

The 54-year-old victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, while the other man, described as the 59-year-old offender, was pronounced dead at the scene. Their names haven't been released.

The office is in the Bank of America building, two blocks from the Willis Tower, the country's second-tallest skyscraper, and a block from the Chicago Board of Trade and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Read more at The Associated Press

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