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Chicago Shooting: Demoted Worker Critically Wounds CEO, Kills Self

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Chicago Police stand guard outside the Bank of America Building in the Loop financial district following a shooting on July 31, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 04:05 PM

A shooting at a Chicago office building Thursday left a victim in critical condition and the shooter dead after an apparent murder-suicide attempt between a demoted employee and his boss.

Police told the Chicago Sun Times that an employee who was demoted last week shot the chief executive officer of ArrowStream company, which is located on the building’s 17th floor.

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The Sun Times identified the CEO as Steven LaVoie, 54, of LaGrange, Illinois, and said he was shot in the head and stomach. The alleged shooter was Anthony DeFrances, 59. A listing for Tony DeFrances on LinkedIn says he was the chief technology officer at the company and had been employed there since 2001.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told The Associated Press that the gunman was meeting with the CEO of the technology company when he pulled a gun and shot the CEO twice before shooting himself.

The company had demoted “a number of people” as part of a downsizing effort, McCarthy said. "Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted," he added.

LaVoie reportedly struggled with DeFrances when he saw the gun.

The two men suffered the only injuries in the incident, although there were 10 people in the office at the time, the AP reported. Police were called to the scene at almost 10 a.m. and other building tenants said they received an email from building security at about the same time, telling them to stay at their desks because of a security issue in the lobby.

ArrowStream was named one of Chicago’s "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in June of this year, according to a press release on the company’s Facebook page.

The selection looked at employee enrichment, employee education and development, recruitment, employee achievement, and other issues.

"ArrowStream is committed to employee satisfaction and development as evidenced by our 2013 internal promotion rate of almost 30%," said Dana Rugienius, CFO at ArrowStream, in the release.

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