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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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maddie_currin March 08 2014 at 6:48 PM

thats so sad! know body deserves that

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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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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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