A gun in donated clothes killed Carmen Dominguez, 54, just before 10 a.m. on Friday at the Unique Thrift store in the 9300 block of South Ashland Avenue in Chicago. Dominguez and another woman worker at the store were sorting through donated clothing in the thrift store in Chicago’s Brainerd neighborhood on the Far South Side when a gun went off accidentally and shot Dominguez in the chest, according to the Chicago Tribune on Friday.
The unidentified co-worker told authorities that he found something in a sock and emptied the sock into his hand. That something was a .22-caliber handgun which slipped out of the sock and in his hand – and accidentally discharging.
After being struck by the bullet, Dominguez was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in nearby Oak Lawn. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said she was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m.
Police are calling the horrendous occurrence “a tragic, accidental incident.”
Dominguez was a resident of Bridgeview, Illinois in the Chicago suburbs.