Black Friday in Chicago turns deadly at a Nordstrom department store

Chicago, the windy city, wants tourists to "Choose Chicago," but the city remains the murder capital of the United States. Dozens of people get killed every week.

Black Friday in Chicago turns deadly at a Nordstrom department store

Chicago, the windy city, wants tourists to “Choose Chicago,” but the city remains the murder capital of the United States. Dozens of people get killed every week. Incidents are usually not tourism related, but, of course, visitors can be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Today’s shooting happened as a downtown shopping mall during the busiest shopping day of the year: Black Friday.

A man fatally shot himself after shooting a woman at Nordstrom in the River North neighborhood Friday night.

The mall was packed with tourists and locals. The Chicago Tribune reported about a tourist visiting Chicago from Singapore fleeing the department store shooting along with other shoppers in a panic.

“Does this normally happen on Black Friday?” the 34-year-old man asked. He and his travel companion asked not to be identified.

The pair said they said a rush of people run out of Nordstrom, looking panicked.

Police said the shooter was the woman’s current or ex-boyfriend, and the woman was a seasonal employee at Nordstrom.

A spokesperson for Nordstrom said in a statement late Friday: “There was a shooting at our Michigan Avenue store this evening, involving one of our employees. Our employee has been transported to the hospital. We are actively working with the Chicago Police Department, as this is an open and ongoing investigation. Our store has closed and will remain closed until further notice. Our prayers are with our employee who was involved and those who witnessed this tragic event.”

Chicago leaders are accused not to address the problem to ease social differences in various parts of the city. Low income locals accuse authorities to been chased out of the city. Some come back angry and with guns.

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