This is awful!
A gunman shot a 22-year-old woman at Nordstrom's in Chicago this past Black Friday before he turned the gun on himself.
The man has been identified as Marcus Dee and the woman, who worked on the second floor of the department store, was either his current girlfriend or a girlfriend from his past.
Here's how the Chicago Tribune described the incident:
"According to a police report, the shooter, identified as Marcus Dee, approached the woman at the store and they spoke with each other. He took out a gun, and as the woman walked away from him, he shot her in the head/neck area before shooting himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10:23 p.m., the report said.
The crowded store, located at 55 E. Grand Avenue in the Shops at North Bridge mall on North Michigan Avenue, was hurriedly emptied of holiday shoppers after the shooting, according to witnesses."
The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital before she passed away. It's believed that Mr. Dee had requested a restraining order against the woman for stalking in April but had his motion denied.
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Fox Chicago summed up their relationship with the following:
"The woman's sister said she had been dating Dee from August 2012 until she broke up with him in December 2013. She said Dee physically and mentally abused her sister throughout the relationship, and that abuse continued even after the breakup.
'He called the entire family, consistently texting. He Googled my entire family,' her sister said, which prompted her to seek legal protection against Dee. She said the order of protection she filed was thrown out since she was not the victim of the abuse.
Dee would also call her sister and threaten to hurt or kill himself, she said. That went on for a year, which prompted her sister to change her phone number several times."
The deceased woman was a law student at the University of Chicago and was just working at Nordstrom in the accessories department as a seasonal employee to support herself.
Our deepest condolences go out to her family as they deal with this senseless and tragic loss of life.
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