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Gun falls out of sock and fires: Kills woman sorting clothes at thrift store

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A woman sorting clothes in a thrift shop was shot and killed when a gun fell out of a sock and accidentally discharged. This freak accident occurred with a gun that had come in with the donated clothes, according to the Chicago Tribune on March 7.

54-year-old Carmen Dominguez was shot in the chest about 10 a.m. on Friday morning. She was working at the Unique Thrift in the Brainerd neighborhood on the Far South Side of Chicago.

A co-worker discovered a sock with something in it and tried to empty it into his hand. The gun slipped out of the sock and accidentally went off, shooting Domingue in the chest. The .22 caliber handgun somehow was put in with someone’s donated clothes.

Dominguez was pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. Police report that the shooting death of Dominguez was a “tragic accidental incident,” according to their preliminary investigation. There is no word on where the gun came from before it became part of the clothes pile at the thrift shop.