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3 Killed, At Least 4 Shot As Solo Attacker Goes On Rampage Through South Side And Evanston; Gunman Killed By Police

Police said the victims ranged in age from 15 to 81, and they included a security guard at an apartment building and a University of Chicago student. Police think the same man is responsible for all the shootings but his motive was not known.

Chicago Police Supt. David Brown speaks to reporters in Evanston after a lone attacker shot and killed multiple people in Chicago and Evanston. The man was killed in a shootout with Evanston Police.
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CHICAGO — A gunman went on an hours-long rampage Saturday, shooting at least seven people in five incidents across the South Side and north suburban Evanston before being killed in a shootout with Evanston police, authorities said.

Three people were killed and at least four were critically wounded, the victims ranging from 15 to 81 years old, police said, describing most of the attacks as random. In the midst of the attacks, the shooter also accosted someone he knew and stole his car, and he shot at a police car.

Chicago police identified the shooter as Jason Nightengale, 32, according to the Tribune and the Sun-Times. Police believe Nightengale is responsible for all the attacks.

The shootings started just before 2 p.m. in East Hyde Park, police said.

About 1:50 p.m., a 30-year-old man was sitting inside his car in a parking garage in the 5000 block of South East End Avenue when the man shot him in his head, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

University of Chicago officials said the victim was a student there, according to the Sun-Times.

About 10 minutes later, the shooter went to an apartment building in the 4900 block of South East End Avenue, took out a gun and fired shots, hitting a female security guard and a 77-year-old resident who was getting her mail, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said.

The security guard, whose age was not immediately available, died at University of Chicago Medical Center. The resident was taken to the same hospital, where she was in critical condition.

At about 2:45 p.m., the shooter went to another residential building in the 5000 block of South East End Avenue. He took the elevator to the 19th floor and confronted a man he knew, Brown said.

At gunpoint, the attacker pushed the man into his apartment and demanded his car keys. The attacker then stole the man’s red Toyota and drove away.

At 3:45 p.m., the shooter went into a convenience store in the 9300 block of South Halsted Street in Brainerd and tried to rob it, police said.

He fired several shots, hitting a 20-year-old man in his head and an 81-year-old woman in her back and neck. The man was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, police said. The woman was in critical condition. The attacker drove away from the scene.

About 5 p.m., the attacker fired shots at someone driving in the 10300 block of South Halsted Street in Washington Heights. It was not immediately clear where the shooter was firing from, police said.

The gunshots shattered the back window of the car. A 15-year-old girl who was riding in the back seat was hit in her head, police said. She was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

Minutes later, at 5:04 p.m., the shooter drove to the 9200 block of South Halsted Street, a block from the convenience store where he’d previously shot two people. He fired shots again, hitting a police car. No one was wounded, police say.

About 5:30 p.m., Evanston Police respond to a call of shots fired at the CVS at Howard and Asbury, Chief Demitrous Cook said. It doesn’t appear anyone was wounded inside the drugstore.

The shooter ran across the street to an IHOP, took a woman hostage and shot her in her head, Cook said.

The shooter ran off again, going east on Howard. He went to the parking lot of the Dollar General, where he was confronted by police. The man and officers shot at each other, and police shot the man, Cook said. He was pronounced dead.

The victim from the IHOP is in critical condition at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. No police officers were wounded, Cook said.

Credit: Shamus Toomey/Block Club Chicago
Evanston Police cordon off an IHOP on Howard Street and Asbury Avenue after police fatally shot a man they say shot at least 7 people in an hours-long rampage through Chicago and Evanston.

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