Gunman Shoots Girlfriend, Kills Self at Department Store in Chicago

A Chicago police SUV sits in front of the entrance to The Shops at Northbridge, a mall anchored by the Nordstrom department store where two people were shot the previous night. A Chicago police SUV sits in front of the entrance to The Shops at Northbridge, a mall anchored by the Nordstrom department store where two people were shot the previous night. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)
A Chicago police SUV sits in front of the entrance to The Shops at Northbridge, a mall anchored by the Nordstrom department store where two people were shot the previous night. A Chicago police SUV sits in front of the entrance to The Shops at Northbridge, a mall anchored by the Nordstrom department store where two people were shot the previous night. (Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune)

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 off of North Michigan Avenue.

The 31-year-old man 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 22-year-old woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Escalante said. The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The woman died Saturday, her family said.

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, at 55 E. Grand Ave. in the Shops at North Bridge mall on North Michigan Avenue, was hurriedly emptied of holiday shoppers after the shooting, according to witnesses.

The Nordstrom store will be closed Saturday, according to its website. The other stores in the shopping center are open Saturday, according to mall.

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SOURCE:  Carlos Sadovi, Gregory Pratt, Rosemary Regina Sobol
Chicago Tribune

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