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Nordstrom Shooting-Suicide in Front of Shoppers Closes Store

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 10:40 AM

A Nordstrom department store in Chicago reopened Sunday after the fatal shooting of a seasonal employee by her ex-boyfriend who then shot himself in front of a throng of holiday shoppers.

Nadia Ezaldein, 22, was pronounced dead on Saturday after she was shot in the head and forearm Friday, authorities told the Chicago Tribune.  Her ex-boyfriend was identified as Marcus Dee, 31, who died at the store after shooting Ezaldein and turning the weapon on himself, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

Nordstrom officials declined to say what it cost the company to close the store after the shooting on Saturday, one of the busiest shopping days of the season. Spokeswoman Tara Darrow told the Tribune that the company felt the closing was needed for the employees.

"We just decided yesterday that it felt OK to open (Sunday)," Darrow told the Tribune. "Sometimes coming back to work and being surrounded by co-workers helps with processing things. (Closing was meant to) give our employees time to regroup and support each other and just out of respect of our employee's family."

Witnesses told WLS-TV that the store was bustling with customers at the time when shots rang out, sending shoppers running in all directions.

"Everyone was just running, and like, I'm a big guy and people were knocking me over," Scott Balloch, a shopper told WLS-TV. "My feeling was just, get the hell out of there. So everybody runs out the back and I'm basically saying to people, we need to get out of the building."

Family members told the Sun-Times that Ezaldein and Dee had been broken up for about a year and claimed he was mentally abusive to her. Authorities told the newspaper the two exchanged words before the shooting.

"It was like months and months of psychological torment," said Ezaldein's brother who asked the Sun-Times not to use his name. "I would say there was a lot of emotionally traumatizing phrases and words."

Ezaldein, a student at the University of Chicago, dated Dee from August 2012 until December 2013, but he continued to follow her, Ezaldein's sister, told the Sun-Times.

"He called the entire family, consistently texting," she said. "He Googled my entire family."

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