Disgruntled executive shoots CEO, kills
self in Chicago building
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[August 01, 2014]
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A senior executive upset about a job demotion
gravely wounded the chief executive officer of his company in a downtown
Chicago office building and then fatally shot himself, police said on
Steven LaVoie, the 54-year-old CEO of the Chicago software company
ArrowStream, is in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his
stomach and head, police and hospital officials said.
The dead gunman was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's
office as Anthony DeFrances, 60, of Barrington. He was the company's
chief technology officer and had been with ArrowStream virtually
since its founding in 2000, according to the company website.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy described the shooting
at the LaSalle Street office as an isolated workplace incident.
"He's a longtime 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.
LaVoie is also the founder and chairman of ArrowStream and is
married with three daughters, according to the company's website.
DeFrances also was married with three children, the website said.
"We are deeply saddened and shocked by the events that have occurred
today," ArrowStream said in a statement. "Our focus during this
tragedy is to ensure the well-being of our ArrowStream family."
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Police were interviewing 10 witnesses who were on the 17th floor of
the Bank of America building 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.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by
Bill Trott, Eric Beech and Ken Wills)
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