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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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cbofgdale March 08 2014 at 7:06 PM

It was probably donated by accident. People don't give their guns away.

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msgee675 March 08 2014 at 2:06 PM

Now there will have to be some kind of detection/security put in place before the clothing can be brought into the thrift shop....there's more to this story....they need to do more investigating.

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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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diane March 09 2014 at 6:57 AM

This may not be as simple as you say. The police are hopefully looking into this situation if they have any sense at all. The family should not just let it go!.

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mbrheljr March 08 2014 at 3:48 PM

Wow. I don't know this woman or anyone else named in the story.

All I can do is offer my prayers and condolences for the decedent, her loved ones and anyone else touched by this tragedy...

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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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dustytuu March 08 2014 at 5:10 PM

People who are not accustomed to being around fire arms most always put their finger on the trigger when picking up a gun! Not a smart thing to do. First thing about gun safety is never ever put your finger on the trigger unless you want to shoot. Many people do not know this! Guns DO NOT GO OFF BY THEMSELVES!
Kids should be taught this from birth. You never know when they will come in contact with a gun.

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palmspringslen March 08 2014 at 7:57 PM

The headline said she was "fatally wounded." Why don't they just say that she was "killed"?

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sunfire palmspringslen March 08 2014 at 8:05 PM

I guess they figured readers are intelligent enough to know what fatally means.

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hynotman palmspringslen March 08 2014 at 8:19 PM

Fatally wounded is more accurate and informational.

It describes a WOUNDED person who is STILL alive but dies from the wound.

This death could occur much later and thus "fatally wounded" is more accurate.

"Shot and killed", or "shot dead", lets you know the person died right away.

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zorro205 March 08 2014 at 7:36 PM

that is so sad but I hope they find out who the gun belongs too

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Lisa zorro205 March 08 2014 at 8:02 PM

Highly unlikely especially if clothes were dropped off in one of those bins. Of course someone may have disposed of the gun there after committing a crime and not by the donor of the clothes.

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hynotman zorro205 March 08 2014 at 8:22 PM

If guns were REGULATED, yes!

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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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