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Cops: 1 dead, 1 critical after Chicago high-rise shooting

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CHICAGO -

A demoted worker shot and critically wounded his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself Thursday inside a downtown high-rise office building in Chicago's bustling financial district, police said.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said a worker at a technological company pulled a gun after entering the 17th-floor office to meet one-on-one with his CEO. There was a struggle for the gun, and the CEO was shot twice before the gunman fatally shot himself, McCarthy said.

McCarthy said the company was downsizing and "a number of people," including the alleged shooter, were being demoted.

"Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted," McCarthy said.

The 54-year-old victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head and stomach, McCarthy said. The 59-year-old alleged gunman was pronounced dead at the scene. Their names and the name of the company haven't been released.

About 10 people were in the office at the time, he said. No other injuries were reported.

The office is in the Bank of America building.

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