Worker fatally shot while sorting clothes at thrift store

March 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

CHICAGO, March 8 (UPI) -- A Chicago thrift store worker was fatally shot when a hidden gun discharged as she and another worker sorted through bins of donated clothing, officials said.

The incident happened Friday morning at a Unique Thrift store, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A store employee, whose name was not reported, told police he found a sock with something inside while sorting through clothes. When he emptied the sock into his hand, a loaded .22-caliber gun fell out and accidentally discharged, striking his coworker, Carmen Dominguez, 54, in the chest.

Dominguez was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"Preliminary indications during the course of the investigation are that this is a tragic, accidental incident," police said in the statement.

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