2 dead in murder-suicide at Chicago Loop business

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The fatal shooting of a man and woman Friday afternoon in a Chicago Loop business was a murder-suicide, police said.

Surveillance video from inside the AmeriCash Loans store in the 100-block of West Van Buren shows the chaos that ensued inside the store at about 2:30 p.m.

Witnesses said they initially thought it was a botched robbery at the business.

"Everyone came out when they heard the gunshots," witness Patricia Evans said. "The yellow tape went up real fast."

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said the shooting appeared to be domestic-related and the couple had a history. He said the woman was shot a couple times and the man was shot once in the head.

McCarthy said store employees told investigators that the victim, who worked at AmeriCash, was the shooter's ex-girlfriend. A family friend said she was a mother of four, who had hoped to start a career in real estate.

A gun was found inside the store. McCarthy also said the man had a concealed carry license, but police have not said whether the gun was registered to the man.

Police searched a luxury car parked on Wells and Van Buren.

The loan store is located on a busy street across from the Chicago Board of Trade, which rattled people nearby.

"My building is right here, it's too close to home, I could have been walking down the street at the time," said Clarence Milton

"I was shocked," said Autumn Chim. "I can't believe something like this in the middle of the city could happen."
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