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Worker at thrift store dies from gun that was left inside a donated sock

By Mason White 2:15 PM March 9, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
(Scroll down for video) A woman was killed by a gun that was left inside a sock that was brought to a thrift shop where she worked.

The gun was found inside the sock, which was donated to the thrift store in Chicago, Illinois.

The gun accidentally went off on Friday morning, killing the longtime employee, 54-year-old Carmen Dominguez,
a mother of two. Dominguez and another store employee at the Unique Thrift Store in the 9300 block of South Ashland, sorted donated clothing at 10:00 a.m., when the gun went off, police said.

A male employee told police that he found a sock with something inside, and he emptied it into his hand. He found a .22 caliber gun, which accidentally went off in his hand.

Dominguez, was shot in the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where she was pronounced dead. Dominguez worked at the thrift store for over 25 years.

Dominguez was married and had two children, a 17-year-old girl and a 30-year-old son. “She was a family oriented person. She was always there for us. She was a good person,” Anel Mendoza, Dominguez’s niece said.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. According to the initial investigation, police believe that the shooting was an accident.