Residents in suburban LaGrange were shaken by the news that their neighbor, Arrowstream CEO, Steven Lavoie was wounded in a workplace shooting today in the Loop.
54-year-old Lavoie lives in LaGrange with his family of five.
Those that know Lavoie and his family gathered at First Presbyterian Church of LaGrange to pray for his recovery tonight.
Lavoie can be described as a self-made man. The chairman and CEO of a business he launched in 2000, Arrowstream a Chicago-based tech company for the food service industry.
Lavoie, a husband and father of three girls, holds a master’s degree from Yale’s School of Management and attended UC Berkeley for undergrad.
But it was a company downsizing that lead to this morning’s shooting—when a demoted executive opened fire on Lavioe in his 17th floor office. The disgruntled worker shot the Lavoie twice—once in the head, and once in the stomach.
“Anytime you hear about a shooting it’s very disturbing. It’s a little bit worse when it hits so close to home,” LaGrange Chief of Police, Michael Holub.
Since the news broke there has been an outpouring of love and emotion as friends leave behind bouquets of flowers on the family door step.
Those who know the Lavioes all describe Steven as a “good man.” They declined to talk on camera out of respect for the family.