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Two people shot in downtown Chicago building

Chicago Police officers, and members of Chicago Fire Department and the ATF are on the scene of a shooting inside a downtown Chicago building where a gunman shot a man before turning the gun on himself.

Chicago's Financial District
Chicago's Financial District
Courtesy of bestday.com

The incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. on Thursday morning on the seventeenth floor of the Bank of America Building located at 231 S. LaSalle Street in the city of Chicago' busy financial district. Initial reports indicate that shooting is being investigated as a possible murder suicide incident.

The victim identified only as a 59 year old male was transported to Northwestern Hospital where he is listed as in critical condition. The shooter has been identified as a 54 year old male, a disgruntled employee who learned last week on Friday that he was demoted due to the company being downsized. The victim of the shooting has been identified as the CEO of the unidentified technology company.

A similar incident occurred in December, 2006, when a gunman forced himself into a law firm on the 38th floor of the Citigroup building, in Chicago, and took a hostage, and shot four people. The gunman, Joe Jackson, was shot at the scene by a Chicago Police SWAT team sniper.

The majority of high rise buildings located in the Chicago Loop Financial District have more security presence --including metal detectors.

Witnesses say there is a security guard near the front of the entrance of the Bank of America building, and visitors are asked to show identification. However, there are no metal detectors.

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