Woman dies following ‘Black Friday’ shooting at Chicago Nordstrom

December 1st, 2014 by Staff

The shooting occurred at approximately 8:30 pm Friday.

(MyFoxChicago.com) CHICAGO – The woman shot Friday inside a downtown Nordstrom by a man who then turned the gun on himself has died, family members said Saturday afternoon.

The shooting occurred at 8:30 pm. on the second floor of the store at Grand and Wabash, police said.

A man shot the 22-year-old woman before shooting himself, authorities said. The woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Her family confirmed the woman died Saturday afternoon.

The man has been identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as 31-year-old Marcus Dee.

On April 7, Dee filed a petition for a no contact order, citing stalking, against the victim’s sister. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Ramirez denied that request the same day. The next day, the victim’s sister filed a similar petition seeking a restraining order. That was denied the same day by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Caroline Kate Moreland.

The woman’s brother, who flew to Chicago to be with his sister, told the Sun-Times Dee had been tormenting his sister for months.

“It was like months and months of psychological torment. I would say there was a lot of emotional traumatizing phrases and words. It was a very strange circumstance,” he said of Dee’s behavior towards his sister. The Sun-Times is not identifying the victim, since she is the victim of a crime.

Chicago Police Chief of Detectives John J. Escalante told reporters Friday that the shooter was the current or ex-boyfriend of the woman.

The woman’s sister said she had been dating Dee from August 2012 until she broke up with him in December 2013. She said Dee physically and mentally abused her sister throughout the relationship, and that abuse continued even after the breakup.

“He called the entire family, consistently texting. He Googled my entire family,” her sister said, which prompted her to seek legal protection against Dee. She said the order of protection she filed was thrown out since she was not the victim of the abuse.

Dee would also call her sister and threaten to hurt or kill himself, she said. That went on for a year, which prompted her sister to change her phone number several times.
The woman said the two met through her roommate.

The victim’s sister was in town this week to celebrate her birthday, which was on the day she was shot.

“I came here on Thursday to surprise her. And then she had to go to work on her birthday. I was waiting for her but she never came home,” her sister said.

The woman said her sister had a passion for writing: “It’s funny. It’s like a Shakespearean story,” she said of the fact that her sister was born and could have died on her birthday, just as the writer, whom her sister admired, did.

The woman graduated high school at age 16, her sister said. And with that intelligence came maturity.

The woman was studying law at the University of Chicago, while also working at Nordstrom to support herself, her family said. Her seasonal job at the department store was in the accessories section.

The University of Chicago confirmed she had been previously enrolled at the school, but that she was not enrolled for the fall semester.

“She was very intelligent,” her brother said. She had many friends in Chicago, where she moved from Florida in 2009.

He said the shooting is an example of “mental illness and how things like this can happen.”

Dee is the son of Chicago Police officers, according to a police source.

On its Twitter account, Nordstrom Chicago indicated that the store would be closed Saturday and would reopen on Sunday.

“Our hearts are w/ our employee who was injured in a shooting at our store,” read the tweet.

A sign posted on the store’s door on Saturday also announced the closing: “Due to the tragic situation that occurred in our store yesterday, our store is closed today, Saturday, November 29th.”

Shoppers tried to go into Nordstrom Saturday afternoon, and some were puzzled by the locked door and the sign.

When told about the shooting, Rashmi Sridharan, 29, said, “Wow. You would never think it would happen here. It’s very sad.”

Hombre Jordan, 21, agreed. “A bullet has no name on it but you wouldn’t expect it in this area.”

June Hong, 32, said she will continue to shop at the department store.

“It does not affect the image of the store because it’s [an] individual’s problems,” she said.

One woman, who did not want to be named, was shocked to learn about the shooting.

“That’s scary,” the 36-year-old said. “Nothing is safe.”

And Mark Ferguson, 59, visiting from Nebraska, noted that it’s “unfortunate” the incident occurred one day after Thanksgiving but in the end, a tragedy on any day is awful, he said.

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