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Published: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 11:15 a.m. CDT
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Chicago police stand outside a downtown high-rise office building following a shooting inside the building Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Chicago. Police said a demoted worker shot and critically injured his company's CEO before fatally shooting himself.

CHICAGO — A technology company CEO who police say was shot and wounded by a demoted coworker in downtown Chicago high-rise building remained in critical condition Friday, hospital officials said.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital provided a statement from Steven LaVoie's family. LaVoie was shot Thursday in the city's busy financial district.

"A horrific personal tragedy has happened today to two families," the family said in the statement, thanking emergency responders and health care providers. "Thank you to our family and friends for your outpouring of love and support. Our thoughts are also with Steven's extended family, the employees of ArrowStream, who mean so much to Steven. Finally, our prayers are with the other family affected by this tragedy."

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has identified the alleged gunman as 60-year-old Anthony DeFrances, who died Thursday. LaVoie is chief executive officer of ArrowStream, a supply-chain management technology company, and DeFrances was listed on the company's website as the company's chief technology officer.

Police said DeFrances allegedly pulled a gun after entering the 17th-floor office to privately meet with LaVoie, and during a struggle for the weapon, LaVoie was shot in his head and abdomen. The gunman then fatally shot himself.

"Our focus during this tragedy is to ensure the well-being of our ArrowStream family. We want to assure our customers that our business continuity plan is in place, and our operations will continue to function normally," ArrowStream said in a statement Thursday.

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