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Steven LaVoie Clinging to Life After Chicago Workplace Shooting: Report

By    |   Friday, 01 Aug 2014 11:04 AM

Steven LaVoie, chairman and CEO of the Chicago supply technology firm ArrowStream, is in critical condition after a recently demoted coworker attacked him in the workplace this week.

LaVoie, 54, is currently in "grave" condition at Northwestern Hospital after officials found him on the floor of his office at the Bank of America building Thursday with gunshot wounds to the head and stomach, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Tony DeFrances, 60, ArrowStream's chief technology officer and a longtime friend of LaVoie's, was lying dead next to him.

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Police say DeFrances, despondent after learning last week that he was being demoted due to downsizing, went in for a one-on-one with LaVoie Thursday armed with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, which the men reportedly scuffled over.

"[DeFrances was] apparently a longtime employee, he comes in with a backpack like an employee normally does," Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told the Tribune. "I can't see how this could have been a security issue. This is basically a personal thing."

Rev. Ken Green, senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church of La Grange, told The Doings La Grange newspaper that the LaVoie and his wife had been a member of his congregation for several years.

"It's a tragedy," Green said. "We are praying for Steven and his family."

LaVoie founded ArrowStream in 2000 and served as chairman and chief executive officer, according to the company's website. DeFrances had been with ArrowStream
"virtually since its inception," the website stated, noting that he was responsible for the company's technology, "including development, quality assurance, technical support, documentation, systems and network infrastructure, and data management."

"They had been friends for years — a congenial relationship between two friends," a source told the Tribune.

DeFrances' neighbors told the Tribune that he was "polite" and "quiet."

"We've never had any problems with them," one woman told the newspaper. "This is just very upsetting. My heart goes out to these people."

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