Ouch! Security guard OK after accidentally shooting himself in Mag Mile department store

A security guard accidentally shot himself at a Magnificent Mile department store on Sunday afternoon, according to a CPD report. His injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.

Police responded to a store on the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue after the 63-year-old male security guard accidentally fired a handgun that was inside his pocket, Officer Steve Rusanov said. CPD dispatch records identify the store as Saks Fifth Avenue.

The guard, who reportedly lost part of a pinkie finger in the shooting, was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where his condition stabilized. Rusanov said Area Three detectives are investigating the incident.

Armed security at a department store may sound unnecessary but there have been sporadic incidents at the Mag Mile Saks.

Two men are currently charged with multiple felony counts after they allegedly ran into the store following a large brawl inside the neighboring Neiman Marcus store in December. CPD said officers seized three guns during that incident.

In April 2018, a group of thieves stole two diamond necklaces worth a combined $39,000 from the store. No arrests were ever made in the case.

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