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By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO, July 31 A man upset about a job
demotion gravely wounded the chief executive of his company in a
downtown Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself,
police said on Thursday.
The 54-year-old executive was taken to the hospital with
gunshot wounds to his stomach and head. The dead gunman was 59
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he could not
confirm the name of the company but the Chicago Sun-Times said
it was the software firm ArrowStream.
McCarthy described the shooting as an isolated workplace
"He's a long time employee who comes in with a backpack like
an employee normally does," he said of the gunman. "It's
basically a personal thing. The company is downsizing and a
number of people were demoted ...
"He asked for a one-on-one with the CEO and that's when this
happened," McCarthy said.
Police were interviewing 10 witnesses who were on the 17th
floor of the Bank of America building on South LaSalle Street,
where the shooting happened before 10 a.m., he said.
Neil Machchhar, an information technology specialist who
works on the 14th floor of the building, told Reuters an
announcement came over the building's public address system
telling employees to "stay in place" because there was an armed
intruder in the building.
"The person on the P.A. sounded a little shaky," he said.
(Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)