A shooting inside a Nordstrom department store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on Black Friday left one person dead and a second person in critical condition.
Chicago Police say the shooting, which appears to be domestic related occurred inside the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday night. A male was pronounced dead at the scene and a wounded female was transported to Northwestern Hospital in critical condition. The Chicago Tribune reported the male shot the female, then turned the gun on himself in a murder-suicide attempt. The identities of the victims have not been released.
The Nordstrom store where the shooting took place is located at 55 E. Grand Avenue, the same address as the Shops At North Bridge, a “vertical mall” along Chicago’s premier retail strip known as the Magnificent Mile. Two weeks ago, on November 13, two people were injured in a domestic related shooting at the Harlem Irving Plaza in Norridge, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.
In recent years, some shopping malls in the United States starting hosting mock terrorist attacks and active shooter drills to test and improve multi-agency response efforts and skills of first responders should the “unthinkable” occur. The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have partnered with representatives from state and local law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services participate in the mock drills. Other than actual events, first responder drills and exercises are the most comprehensive test of readiness and means by which to evaluate a city or county’s emergency management system.
Mass shootings at shopping malls and large retail stores and other “soft targets”such as schools, churches, and movie theaters have illustrated the need for increased security and public safety awareness. An instructional video on how to survive a live shooter event from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security offers some practical tips, such as locking doors behind you, silence cellphones, and as a last resort, do everything possible to take the shooter down in active shooter incidents. Law enforcement officials say the video offers some good advice, they warn that each situation is different and being aware of your surroundings at all times is the most important advice. In mass shooting incidents, simply thinking about what you would do ahead of time could save lives. Michigan State Police’s Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division Inspector Gene Kapp said:
“Just as when you think ahead when you drive, you have to be prepared in life, at least giving thought as to what you would do. We don’t want it to be a paranoid thing, but, unfortunately, we’re seeing (mass shootings) all too often.”
Friday night’s shooting took place on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. The Nordstom department store was reportedly packed with holiday shoppers when the shooting occurred.
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