Chicago CEO Steven LaVoie went to work Thursday morning when he was shot in twice by a disgruntled employee, he remains hospitalized Friday in stable condition.
His family issued this statement on the website CaringBridge.org website:
“First, thank you to every loving person who has reached out through this website and in all other ways with your love and support. The family feels it and it is uplifting and appreciated.
Steve is stable after a calm night. Please keep praying for him.
Today, Steve’s family will arrive, so please no calls, texts or visitors. Jody needs to focus on Steve and his family at this time. Visit this page for updates throughout the day.
For the press: the family asks that you please respect their privacy from here on out. Thank you.”
The alleged gunman was a former executive from the same tech company. He was handed a demotion last Friday. Police say Tony DeFrances carried out the unthinkable. Then he turned the gun on himself.
54-year-old LaVoie is the Chairman and CEO of Arrowstream- a technology company for the food-service industry. It has offices on the 17th floor of 231 South LaSalle in the Bank of America building. LaVoie took a meeting with his former chief technology officer, 60-year-old DeFrances sometime before 10 a.m. The two were said to be longtime friends. Investigators say DeFrances pulled a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and a struggle ensued.
LaVoie was shot twice in the head and the stomach.
Employees inside the high-rise were told to stay put as the streets filled with police and other emergency personnel for hours. LaSalle Street, in the heart of Chicago’s Financial District, quickly transformed into a chaotic crime scene.
There are no metal detectors inside this building, just the typical electronic key card machines.
Tonight the LaVoie family issued a statement saying, “A horrific personal tragedy has happened today to two families… Thank you to our family and friends for your outpouring of love and support. Our thoughts are also with Steven’s extended family, the employees of ArrowStream, who mean so much to Steven.”