A bag of clothing dropped off at a thrift store in the South Side Washington Heights neighborhood had a deadly surprise hidden in one of the socks: a gun.
Two co-workers were sifting through the dropped-off clothing in the back room of the store in the 9400 block of South Ashland Avenue on Friday morning. When Maria Carmen Dominguez’s male co-worker shook out a sock, a .22 caliber handgun fell out and discharged, striking her in the chest.
Dominguez was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The medical examiner’s office pronounced her dead at 10:47 a.m.
She is survived by her husband her two children, a son in his 30s and a 17-year-old daughter.
“It’s tragic,” Dominguez’s husband, Victor Campos, said. “We don’t know what we are going to do.”
Dominguez, 54, had worked at the thrift store for more than 25 years and had recently been promoted.
Dominguez’s niece, Anel Mendoza, described her aunt as a family-oriented person. “She was always there for us. She was such a good person.”
“So sad, so sad,” said regular customer Barbara Paradise. “It breaks my heart. That’s why I came back, because I knew her.”
The Department of Labor is investigating the incident as an accident.
“I can’t believe it,” Campos said. “We have a 17-year-old daughter. She’s in high school, and she doesn’t know what is going on.”
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