Friday, December 08, 2006

Chicago gunman shoots people at skyscraper law office

Chicago's abc7 reported on December 8:

A gunman walked into a high-rise office Friday [Dec. 8] afternoon, chained the doors behind him and opened fire, fatally shooting three people before police killed him while he held a hostage, Superintendent Phil Cline said.

The hostage was unharmed. Cline said the gunman, armed with a revolver, knife and hammer, didn't work in the downtown office but demanded to see one of the victims who was killed. The gunman had been escorted to the office on the 38th floor by building security and was carrying a manila envelope where he apparently hid the weapons, Cline said. The man began shooting after locking the door with a padlock and chain that he had brought with him, then "grabbed a hostage and he was pointing a gun alternately at the hostage's head and his own head," Cline said Officers entered the office through another door in the U-shaped office, and a SWAT officer shot him with a sniper rifle from about 45 yards away. Cline said there was no negotiation.

"There was at least another 25 to 30 people on the floor and I think the Chicago police officers from SWAT saved those people's lives," he said. The shooting at the building that also houses a commuter train station snarled the evening commute and sent people running from the office tower. The Medical Examiner's office would not identify the dead pending notification of relatives, but said the shooter was in his 60s. The dead victims included men ages 65 and 58, while the age of the third dead victim was unknown, the Medical Examiner's office said. A fourth victim, a woman, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot, but was expected to be released later Friday night, Rush University Medical Center said. Cline said the man was not employed at the firm, "but we feel he did have previous encounters with the individuals in that office." Fire officials said they received reports of shots fired on the 38th floor in the 43-story Citigroup Center around 3:15 p.m. That floor houses law offices. Cindy Penzick, secretary in a law firm on the 37th floor, said that after a co-worker heard gunshots, a police officer with his gun drawn on their floor yelled at them to get out. Penzick said she usually is calm, "But I have to tell you this was scary as hell."

Reuters noted:

A gunman shot four people, killing two of them, in law offices on the top floor of a downtown skyscraper on Friday and took a hostage before he was shot dead by a police sniper, authorities said.

The shooting shut down a commuter rail station at the base of the 42-story office tower, stranding thousands of commuters as workers fled from the offices.

The gunman, who was armed with a revolver, a knife and a hammer, entered the law office carrying an envelope as a ruse.

"We feel he did have previous encounters with the individuals in that office," said Police Superintendent Phil Cline, without being more specific about the motive.

IPBiz: disgruntled client?

IPBiz notes of the shooting on the 38th floor of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago that McAndrews Held and Malloy is located at 500 W Madison Avenue (34th Floor) and that Wood Phillips Katz Clark and Mortimer is on the 38th floor.

Separately, note that Law & Order on Friday, December 8, 2006 has a plot involving pretexting. In the show, the character Samantha Weaver substitutes for Hewlett-Packard's Patricia Dunn. The company in question is "HW" instead of HP. In the Law & Order story, HW's GC gets murdered, and Weaver is convicted of 2nd degree murder for arranging for her lesbian lover to do the crime. McCoy's memorable line: "You are a person with power who couldn't bear to lose it."

In a previous Law & Order, there was a discussion of illegal dvds on darknet, with the bad guys violent Albanians. One character has the memorable line: but I have 129,000 Google references.

Separately, one victim of Taco Bell food in Pennsylvania has filed a federal lawsuit.


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