The Chicago Banking District

1297 Words Sep 5th, 2014 6 Pages
At 9:50 Am, in the heart of the Chicago banking district, on July 28, 2014, the CEO of the technology supply company Arrow Stream, Steven LaVoie, met with his longtime employee and friend, Tony DeFrancis, to discuss his recent demotion. The demotion was part of a downsizing initiative pursued by the company that affected many Arrow Stream employees. Mr. DeFrancis, an employee at the company for over fourteen years, carried a gun into this fateful meeting. Struggling briefly, Mr. Lavoie was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the head. The shooter, then used the same gun to kill himself. At the time of the shooting, ten other employees of Arrow Stream were nearby (Eltagouri, Chachkevitch, Rodriguez, 1). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides statistical data on fatal workplace injuries in the United States. Between 2006 and 2010, the BLS counted a yearly average of 518 deaths related to workplace violence (“Workplace Homicides from Shootings”). These statics highlight the fact that workplace violence can occur in large companies as well as small companies, like Arrow Stream. Workplace violence is a real threat to all businesses. Security managers must employ a wide array of measures to reduce the risk of workplace violence and protect their employees should workplace violence erupt. Arrow Stream, a small company, was faced with the real and complex threat posed by and active shooter situation.…

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