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Employee fatally shot by gun found in donated clothing

Thrift Store Employee Killed By Gun Hidden In Donated Clothes

A Chicago thrift shop employee is dead after police say she was accidentally shot by a gun hidden in some donated clothing.

Carmen Dominguez was fatally shot after a co-worker found a loaded gun in a pile of donated clothes. The gun went off, shooting Dominguez in the chest.
Police say the 54-year-old mother of two was rushed to a nearby hospital in serious condition. But it was too late - CLTV reports Dominguez was pronounced dead a half hour later.

Dominguez had worked at the thrift store for more than 25 years. Her niece told the Chicago Sun-Times, "She was definitely a family-oriented person. She was always there for us. She was such a good person."

Regular customers to the Chicago thrift store were shocked by the news of Dominguez's tragic death. those who regularly visited the store say they were shocked by the news of Dominguez's tragic death.

"You say good morning and everything. You know? It's just, I can't believe it," a customer said.

Chicago police are calling this a "tragic, accidental incident." The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation into the shooting.

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parksle2 March 08 2014 at 2:33 PM

Right, what a crock, the gun did not go off while being roughly handled moving the clothes around but only when simply dropped into a hand. Anyone believes this believes in the tooth fairy.

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Woodstock parksle2 March 10 2014 at 2:04 AM

Wait a sec....what ABOUT the Tooth Fairy?

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jteasdale March 08 2014 at 6:18 PM

Another article I read said it was hidden in a sock and the other employee shook the sock and the gun fell out and hit him in the hand and it went off. That is at least a little more plausible than the gun just went off. Hopefully though they will do a throough investigation.

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andrewroederer jteasdale March 08 2014 at 7:43 PM

Yeah, that does sound more plausible.

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alexmabin March 08 2014 at 11:08 PM

Guns just "don't go off " . If it was an old cheap gun and it was dropped , it may go off . Otherwise , for a gun to go off , the trigger must be pulled .

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K9BLUEMAN alexmabin March 10 2014 at 6:41 PM

Well said Marine...and quite true
Semper Fi

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dansummersell March 08 2014 at 11:09 PM

The first rule of gun safety is never aim a gun at a person. The second rule of gun safety is always assume the gun is loaded.

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orion15stars dansummersell March 08 2014 at 11:12 PM

Unless the firearm isn't obvious when covered by clothing, and someone picks up a pile of clothing in order to sort through it. Even clothing hitting a semi-auto trigger can set it off when a round is already in chamber. Semi-autos are made to fire rapidly as possible, and than means a hair trigger is factory standard.

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William orion15stars March 08 2014 at 11:42 PM

Please stick to commenting on things you actually have knowledge about.....guns certainly aren't one of them. There are no "hair triggers" in any factory gun. Maybe you could visit a gun shop and let them tell you how stupid you are.

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orion15stars orion15stars March 09 2014 at 4:41 AM

3 hours ago

Please stick to commenting on things you actually have knowledge about.....guns certainly aren't one of them. There are no "hair triggers" in any factory gun. Maybe you could visit a gun shop and let them tell you how stupid you are."

What are you saying, William? People are legally buying firearms and altering them for rapid fire as seen in the following video?


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orion15stars dansummersell March 09 2014 at 12:01 AM


You're wrong about that.

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jay love orion15stars March 09 2014 at 8:04 AM

those people buying guns and altering them are generally speaking professional gun enthusiasts into action shooting, or one of the many shooting sports in which fast triggers are a benefit to them in their sport. you don't see gun manufacturers churning out these so called "hair trigger" guns if for no other reason than liability? gun makers are going out of their way the last few decades to make guns with various safeties and safety features on them, or built into the way you shoot them. I know of no production factory sending out pistols or rifles with hair triggers!!

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K9BLUEMAN March 08 2014 at 11:14 PM

I'm going to reiterate...It does not matter so much how the gun ended up in the clothes...be it
by accident or intent of being hidden....
What Does matter is once gun was found...it should have been left exactly as it was found, untouched, and Authorities contacted. Picking up the gun was the wrong thing to do....Dead Wrong.
And BTW as far as where it came from, with a serial number it can be traced...If the number was
filed off then its a criminal weapon.

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Hi Good Lookin K9BLUEMAN March 09 2014 at 12:18 AM

She probably didn't find it and pick it up. She was probably grabbing the clothes out of a bag and hit trigger and it went off.

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mbaileyexchange March 09 2014 at 4:58 AM

My condolences to this lady's family. What an absolute tragedy.

My guess is that someone got evicted/foreclosed upon/kicked out/sent to prison (something), and their clothes were on the sidewalk or treelawn in a big heap for garbage pickup. Somebody saw them and either called the Thrift Store for pickup or decided to be a Good Samaritan and drop them off themselves. When those clothes were scooped up for disposal, NOBODY knew that a gun was hidden in a sock. --- Only the absent gun owner would have known. It's speculation, yes, but that's the only way I see it happening. People don't get rid of weapons that way - maybe in a river, in bushes, selling it to another person, turning it into the police, etc. - but not willingly putting it in a sock with a bunch of tossed clothes for a Thrift Store donation. NOBODY intended for that to happen.

It's just a terrible, terrible, unimaginable accident and I feel so sorry for this woman and her family. God help them through this.

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jay love mbaileyexchange March 09 2014 at 7:20 AM

thanks for your reasonable thoughts on the subject. no need to lash out at every legal and lawful gun owneing American just because one very thoughtless and careless person whom has not been identified as yet, left their wepon in a un-safe manner and likely forgot about it, or died and the family un-knowingly placed it with the other clothes? this is just a terrible thing for the un-lucky person involved and should not be used by a few anti-gun nut cases to tarnish millions of very careful and cautious legal gun owners!!

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PACRIMCO mbaileyexchange March 09 2014 at 7:21 AM

Maybe the gun was used in a serious crime or a murder and it was tossed into a clothing collection bin. Maybr it fell out of somebody's ass. Who cares. Maybe Carmen Dominguez would like to still be here to put her two cents into our pomtifications or to be able to vote for reasonable gun control measures in the next election. Maybe Carmen Dominguez's family and loved ones would rather have her still be here rather than being just another piece of news mill grist in America's unending cycle of gun violence and "accidental" shootings. Damnit, Carmen Dominguez was a real person , one who loved and was loved. Carmen Dominguez mattered and she cannot be allowed to have died in vain.

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roscobeach PACRIMCO March 09 2014 at 3:58 PM

Well said. Amen to that.

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LilAnnie2012 March 09 2014 at 3:33 AM

I hope the police had the sense to run the serial number and see who the gun is registered to. And they should be held accountable for this tragedy! If no way to trace it by the serial number I hope they checked for finger prints. People, NEVER EVER point a gun at someone, thinking it's unloaded. They might not be!

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crimepup LilAnnie2012 March 09 2014 at 5:18 AM

So if the gun was stolen the police should charge the original owner?

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JOE crimepup March 09 2014 at 5:58 AM

Not if the original owner reported the gun stolen . And even at that there is some questional doubt .

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Fred crimepup March 09 2014 at 6:41 AM

Yup, the "original owner" should have had this gun locked up so that it couldn't be "stolen". Along with the "right" to own a weapon comes the responsibility to make sure it's kept out of the hands of anyone who would use it illegally or in an unsafe manner.

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jijjhnsn March 08 2014 at 3:05 PM

Now this is sad (find). Use to be bundles of cash found. Sad indeed.

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LilAnnie2012 March 09 2014 at 3:25 AM

I'd like to extend my condolences to her family! This should of never happened! I'm sorry for your loss!

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PACRIMCO LilAnnie2012 March 09 2014 at 7:34 AM

We're all sorry for these unending losses. So what are we going to do to stop these inane incidents from continuing to take loved ones like Carmen Domingues from our midst. I'm tired of offering condolences. I'd rather figuratively pry the gun out of Charlton Heston's cold, dead hand.

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Terry PACRIMCO March 09 2014 at 8:46 AM

A great idea would be to place the blame for this accident upon the co worker that aimed the gun at Carmen Dominguez and pulled the trigger. The progressives always want to take away gun owner rights under the guise of safety, but as we can all see from history and the way that our administration has shown is that you can't take over a society unless you have disarmed them. Marcisum at it's finist!

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captkaos1013 March 09 2014 at 3:15 AM

The gun just didn't go off. I bet the other employee pulled the trigger thinking it wasn't loaded. Depending on the type of pistol it was there is a possibility that it could have been cocked which allows the gun to be fire more easily with less trigger pull required but ballistic tests on the cartridge can determine if the pistol was fired double action or if the gun was cocked before it was fired.

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