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    Gunman, 3 others die in Chicago office tower
    POSTED: 3:16 a.m. EST, December 9, 2006
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    • Police sniper shoots man dead as he holds hostage in downtown building
    • No negotiations take place between gunman and police
    • Gunman had asked to see one of victims, hid weapons in envelope
    • Workers flee 43-story Citigroup Center tower as police move in

    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A gunman carried a cache of weapons past security in a giant envelope Friday afternoon, chained a law office's doors closed and fatally shot three people before a police sniper killed him as he held a hostage at gunpoint, authorities said.

    Officers entered through another door in the U-shaped office, and a SWAT officer shot the gunman from about 45 yards away, Superintendent Phil Cline said.

    There was no negotiation and the hostage was unharmed, he said.

    The shootings at the 43-story Citigroup Center, which also houses a train station, sent office workers fleeing and stranded rush-hour commuters.

    Cline said the gunman -- who was armed with a revolver, a knife and hammer -- didn't work in the office but demanded to see one of the victims who was killed.

    "He was not employed there, but we feel he did have previous encounters with the individuals in that office," Cline said.

    Fire officials said they received reports of shots fired on the 38th floor, which houses law offices, around 3:15 p.m.

    The shooter "grabbed a hostage and he was pointing a gun alternately at the hostage's head and his own head," Cline said.

    There were about 30 people on the floor during the shooting. The law office specializes in patent law, officials said.

    None of the dead victims, all men, or the gunman was identified. A fourth victim, a woman, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the foot, but was expected to be released later Friday night, Rush University Medical Center spokeswoman Kim Waterman said.

    Cindy Penzick, secretary in a law firm on the 37th floor, said that after a co-worker told her she heard gunshots, a police officer with his gun drawn on their floor yelled at them to get out.

    Penzick said she is usually calm, "But I have to tell you this was scary as hell."

    People hurried down the escalators and ran from the skyscraper on the west side of downtown.

    Keegan Greene, who works at Verizon Wireless on the first floor, was helping a customer when fire alarms began going off.

    "One of the security guards came up to us and started saying, 'Run, run, run, run, run!'" Greene said.

    Service on the Metra commuter line was suspended for more than an hour and area buses were diverted while the incident unfolded. Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet said all Metra crew members had been locked into secure areas before train service resumed just after 5 p.m.

    Janet Buswell, an office manager on the 25th floor, said her staff learned of the incident when emergency flashers went off, and they were told over building speakers to secure their offices and let no one in or out.

    "It was a little tense, when you don't know what's going on," said Buswell, of RBC Dain Rauscher Inc. "Of course, this is the train station building, so there's always the fear that could be targeted."
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    My dad was telling me about this yesterday. He usually takes a train home from there at the time the situation was occurring. He had to drive downtown yesterday, luckily.
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    Police: Ill. Gunman Angry Over Invention
    By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
    2 hours ago

    CHICAGO - The gunman who fatally shot three people in a law firm's high-rise office before he was killed by police felt cheated over an invention, authorities said Saturday.

    Joe Jackson forced a security guard at gunpoint to take him up to the 38th floor offices of Wood, Phillips, Katz, Clark & Mortimer, which specialized in intellectual property and patents. He carried a revolver, knife and hammer in a large manila envelope and chained the office doors behind him, police said.

    Jackson, 59, told witnesses before he was shot that he had been cheated over a toilet he had invented for use in trucks, Police Superintendent Phil Cline said Saturday.

    He was holding a hostage at gunpoint Friday when a SWAT officer shot him from about 45 yards away, Cline said earlier. There were no negotiations and the hostage was unharmed, police said.

    "He had already shot four people. He had reloaded his gun," Cline said Saturday. There were 25 to 30 other people on the floor at the time, Cline said earlier.

    Mayor Richard Daley said police did a "tremendous" job handling the situation.

    The confrontation at the 43-story Citigroup Center sent office workers fleeing and stranded commuters who use a train station in the building.

    The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the victims Saturday as Michael R. McKenna, 58, of Chicago; Allen J. Hoover, 65, of Wilmette; and Paul Goodson, 78, of Chicago.

    Colleagues told reporters Hoover was a partner at the firm and McKenna was a patent attorney who rented space from the firm and also had offices in suburban Northbrook and in Hawaii. They said Goodson worked part time at the firm, sorting mail and making deliveries.

    Jackson had McKenna's business card in his pocket, Cline said.

    "We know he went there for Mr. McKenna, then he continued to shoot other people," Cline said Saturday.

    Cline said Jackson had tried at least one other time Friday to go up to the firm's offices but was turned away.

    Jackson had three criminal offenses on his record, Cline said. In 1968 he was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and in 1977 he was arrested for a stolen motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.

    Police said McKenna's longtime paralegal, Ruth Zak Leib, 57, of Oak Park, was wounded. She was treated for a gunshot wound to the foot and was released Friday night, Rush University Medical Center spokeswoman Kim Waterman said.

    A partner at the law firm, Stephen D. Geimer, declined to comment Friday night.

    Fire officials said they received reports of shots fired on the 38th floor around 3:15 p.m.

    Cindy Penzick, secretary in a law firm on the 37th floor, said that after a co-worker told her she had heard gunshots, a police officer with his gun drawn appeared on their floor and yelled at them to get out.

    Penzick said she is usually calm, "but I have to tell you this was scary as hell."

    Keegan Greene, who works at Verizon Wireless on the first floor, was helping a customer when fire alarms went off.

    "One of the security guards came up to us and started saying "Run, run, run, run, run!" Greene said.
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