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15-Year-Old Girl Dies After Being Shot During Solo Attacker’s Violent Rampage From South Side To Evanston

Damia Smith, 15, was the fifth victim to die from the Jan. 9 rampage. Two others were critically wounded.

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 15-year-old girl has died after being shot nearly a month ago by a man during a violent rampage that left four others dead.

Damia Smith died Tuesday at Comer Children’s Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. She had been hospitalized since the attacker, Jason Nightengale, randomly shot her in her head Jan. 9 during his deadly spree.

Smith was coming home from a grocery trip with her mother when she was shot, her mother told the Chicago Tribune. She was a Morgan Park High School student who liked to dance.

Nightengale killed four others in separate shootings during the spree: Marta Torres, 61; Yiran Fan, 30; Aisha Nevell, 46; and Anthony Faulkner, 20. Two other people were critically wounded.

Chicago police and the Medical Examiner’s Office identified the shooter as Nightengale, 32. Authorities said he was responsible for five separate attacks, during which he also accosted someone he knew, stole that man’s car and shot at a Chicago police car.

Nightengale was killed in a shootout with Evanston police, not far from where he shot Torres inside the IHOP at Howard Street and Western Avenue.

Nightengale’s rampage started about 1:50 p.m. Jan. 9, when he fatally shot Fan, who was sitting inside a car in a parking garage at 5035 S. East End Ave.

About 10 minutes later, Nightengale walked into an apartment building at 4940 S. East End Ave. and fired shots, hitting Nevell in her chest and hitting a 77-year-old resident who was getting her mail, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said.

Both women were taken to University of Chicago Medical Center. Nevell was pronounced dead and the 77-year-old was in critical condition.

About 2:45 p.m., Nightengale 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.

Nightengale pushed the man into his apartment at gunpoint and demanded his car keys. Nightengale stole the man’s red Toyota and drove away, police said.

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

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

After that, at about 5 p.m., Nightengale shot Smith as she was riding in the back of a car in the 10300 block of South Halsted Street in Washington Heights. Police said it was not immediately where Nightengale was shooting from, but the shots shattered the car’s back window and hit the teenager in her head.

The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition, police said. She died Tuesday.

Minutes after shooting Smith, at 5:04 p.m., Nightengale drove to the 9200 block of South Halsted Street, a block from the convenience store where he’d killed Faukner and wounded the 81-year-old woman. Nightengale 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. No one was wounded inside the drugstore.

Nightengale ran across the street to an IHOP, took Torres hostage and shot her, Cook said.

Torres was hospitalized for several days before dying.

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

The Medical Examiner’s Office said Nightengale died from multiple gunshot wounds.

No police officers were wounded, Cook said. It remains unclear what motivated the attacks, which Brown described as random.

In the week leading up to his killing spree, Nightengale posted a series of videos on social media, including talking about killing random people and saying, “I’m going to blow up the whole community.”

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