CHICAGO — The woman wounded in an attempted murder-suicide at a popular Downtown department store has died, a day after being shot, authorities said.
The 22-year-old woman, identified as Nadia Ezaldein, was shot Friday night at Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand Ave., allegedly by her former boyfriend, Marcus Dee, 31.
Her 22nd birthday was Friday.
After shooting Ezaldein, critically injuring her, Dee turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
Ezaldein was a seasonal employee at Nordstrom, which was full of Black Friday shoppers when shots rang out about 8:30 p.m. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical conditon. She was pronounced dead there Saturday at 3:43 p.m., the Medical Examiner's Office said.
An autopsy determined she died of gunshot wounds to the head and forearm, the Medical Examiner's Office said.
While reports surfaced of her death Saturday evening, official sources said Ezaldein had been placed on life support as doctors prepared her organs for donation.
Ezaldein had once applied for a restraining order against Dee, but backed out when he threatened to take his life, the Tribune reported. According to the Sun-Times, court records show that in April Dee filed a restraining against the victim's sister. She then filed one against Dee.
Both petitions were denied.
Nordstrom was closed for the day Saturday, and the company offered prayers for Ezaldein on its Facebook page:
"As we're sending our thoughts and prayers to our employee and her family, we are also thinking about everyone who has been affected by this tragedy; particularly all of our employees in the store and customers who were shopping with us at the time. We are so grateful to those people who stepped in to assist in the store during this situation."
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