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La Grange resident shot at Chicago office in critical condition, family celebrating small milestones

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 4:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 5:23 p.m. CDT
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A photo of a red ribbon wrapped around a tree was posted on CaringBridge.org. The family thanked supporters for their thoughts and ribbons in a post on the site.

LA GRANGE – Steven LaVoie, the La Grange resident who was shot Thursday during an altercation with an employee at his office in Chicago, remains in critical condition as of Monday, according to posts by Sue Michalowski, spokeswoman for the LaVoie family, to the CaringBridge.org website.

In a post Monday, Michalowski thanks posters for their kind words and prayers. On Sunday, Michalowski posted that LaVoie had made "some small improvements in natural reflexes. The swelling in his brain remained consistent with yesterday."

In her latest update on LaVoie's condition, Michalowski posted that LaVoie is "resting comfortably" in Northwestern Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

"We are celebrating each small milestone," Michalowski wrote in a post.

Along with updates on LaVoie and his family, the website also has a guestbook where friends, family and community members have wished the LaVoie family well.

LaVoie, 54, CEO at ArrowStream, a food service technology supply company, was shot at his office in Chicago's Loop around 9:50 a.m. Thursday.

LaVoie was shot in the head and stomach during a meeting with a disgruntled employee in LaVoie's office on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, according to Chicago police.

The shooter was identified as Anthony DeFrances, 59, of Barrington, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police said LaVoie had a one-on-one meeting with DeFrances on Thursday, who was a longtime employee that was recently demoted during company downsizing, according to police.

After shooting LaVoie, DeFrances turned the gun on himself and was pronounced dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to police.

LaVoie was taken to Northwestern Hospital by ambulance and was listed in critical condition.

According to a post by Michalowski, all information about LaVoie's condition will be posted on the web page created for LaVoie. 

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