(Updated) Police in Chicago responded to a Nov. 28 Black Friday shooting inside a Chicago Nordstrom store around 8:30 p.m. after a man shot his girlfriend, a seasonal worker at the upscale retail store on North Michigan Avenue, and then turned the gun on himself. USA Today reported the police as saying that the shooting appeared to be a domestic incident.
Officer Hector Alfaro, spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department, said that both gunshot victims were found at the scene. The male shooter was found dead from his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Paramedics with the Chicago Fire Department “transported the female victim to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she is in critical condition.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that the names and ages of the alleged shooter and his victim are not yet currently available. John Escalante, Chief of Detectives for the Chicago Police Department, said that the shooter targeted the woman who he described as the shooter’s “girlfriend or ex-girlfriend.”
“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.”
Upon hearing the gunfire, the other holiday shoppers crowded inside the store all made a mad rush for the exits. The store quickly emptied. Escalante added that investigators were conducting an ongoing investigation at the active crime scene and confirmed again that the shootings were “domestic-related.”
In an ironic twist, court documents show that the gunman had previously accused his female victim of stalking him and petitioned the courts for a restraining order to be issued against his victim. “That petition was denied by a Cook County judge last April,” according to court records.
Black Friday shoppers inside the Nordstrom store say that the sounds of gunfire led to panic and chaos. Michelle Smith was there buying purses with her daughter when she heard the gun going off. “It was a pow and a pow,” she said. “It was a stampede coming down the escalator.”
Other shoppers said that Nordstrom’s employees jumped into action and tried evacuating the store immediately after the shots were fired. There were no other injuries as a result of last night’s shootings.
Update: On Nov. 30, Fox News reported that 22-year-old Nadia Ezaldein died at 3:43 p.m. on Saturday as a result of her gunshot wound. The male shooter has been identified as 31-year-old Marcus Dee.