A man shot to death a woman in a Loop storefront in what police have described as a murder-suicide that was sparked by domestic incident.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the two were a former couple that was going through domestic-related issues at the time of the shooting.
The woman, who is believed to be in her late 20s, was working at a downtown AmeriCash Loans store near Van Buren and Wells streets, when, at around 2:30 p.m. her ex-boyfriend came into the business and began shooting, police said.
When police arrived, they found the bodies of a man and woman inside the business. The Cook County Medical examiner pronounced both victims dead on arrival.
The woman was found shot to death by a gun that police believe belonged to her ex-boyfriend, who had a concealed carry license. Investigators recovered the weapon from the scene.
The man died by a single gunshot wound to the head, according to police.
After reviewing the store’s surveillance cameras, police confirmed the double-shooting was a murder-suicide inside the business. Witnesses near the store were still shaken up from the unexpected broad daylight shooting in the busy neighborhood.
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One woman said she was downtown to do some banking when she heard the shots fired.
“I heard, ‘Bam-bam! Bam-bam!’” she said. “Four shots fired. I’m shaken. It’s scary, there’s still two dead inside.”
Detectives are not releasing the identity of the victims as they continue the investigation.