Skip to comments.Police: Gunman and victim in Loop shooting 'had been friends for years'
Posted on 08/01/2014 7:14:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
Police: Gunman and victim in Loop shooting 'had been friends for years'
By Marwa Eltagouri, Alexandra Chachkevitch and Meredith Rodriguez, Tribune reporters
Less than a week after Tony DeFrances learned that he was being demoted as part of a downsizing of his company, authorities said he walked into his bosss office Thursday morning for a one-on-one.
Apparently upset about his demotion, DeFrances, armed with a gun, confronted CEO Steven LaVoie, a longtime colleague and friend at the supply technology firm ArrowStream in the Loop, police said.
At some point, DeFrances, 60, and LaVoie, 54, struggled over the gun. LaVoie was shot twice before DeFrances shot himself in the head, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.
DeFrances was found dead in LaVoies office on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building. LaVoie was in grave condition at Northwestern Hospital with head and stomach wounds, McCarthy said after the shooting. He was critical condition this evening, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
DeFrances who is listed on the companys website as the chief technology officer had been told on Friday that he was being demoted, according to police. The firm was in the process of downsizing and had demoted a number of people, McCarthy said.
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Demoted so the big cheese can make more money? Uh huh.
Likely demoted so the “fragile shell of deniability” called ArrowStream can hit profit forecasts.
one block over from where I’m at....I saw the police cars heading up the street to respond...
Since CEOs and executives being involved in shootings is something that’s just about as rare as blizzards in Florida in July, we can expect that several prime time TV cop shows have just had their scripts outlined for the next season.
Now the moron is facing a REAL demotion.
What an illogical response.
I am always surprised that workplace violence does not occur more often these days.
I have my doubts about the long term “freindship”. Freindly, maybe.
Marine Times had this “Ask the Lawyer” topic yesterday on concealed weapons and servicemen.
I had no idea that the Military Code of Conduct prohibited carrying of concealed weapons. Being ignorant of Military Rules as I am, does this apply to servicemen on their own time? Or is this something “new” to essentially take the Second Amendment Right away?
Q. Can a service member get in trouble for having a concealed weapon if hes not physically carrying it?
“A. The General Article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 134, prohibits service members from carrying concealed weapons.”
“That phrase carrying a concealed weapon gives the impression of being strictly related to firearms secretly kept in a hidden holster or in a carrying bag. But under Article 134, the definition of a concealed weapon is considerably more expansive....”
and it goes on
well, you do know that almost all crime especially violent crime is all committed by right wing white Christian zeolots...at least that’s what the tv says...
I read that the had a big reduction for the company to stay in business and that could mean that the choice was to scale back management hierarchy as well as general workforce.
Would the guy have preferred to be laid off at age 60?
if everybody took a hit, that is one thing, probably there was something mean about it on the part of the “leadership”