A man killed 5 people and wounded four others in a series of shootings over a period of nearly four hours that began in Chicago’s South Side and ended with his death in a shootout with police in a parking lot north of the city.
Investigators are trying to determine the motive behind the attacks, which began in the afternoon with the killing of a 30-year-old student at the University of Chicago who was shot in the head while sitting in his car in a parking garage in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. Police Chief David Brown told reporters. He did not disclose any of the names of the victims.
The shooter, 32-year-old Jason Nightingale, then “randomly” entered an apartment block a block away, shooting a 46-year-old security guard sitting at the desk and a 77-year-old woman, Brown said. He was receiving her mail. The Chicago Tribune reported that the guard died in hospital and the elderly woman who was shot in the head was rushed to hospital in critical condition.
Nightengale went to another building nearby and stole a car from a man he knew. Brown said he then went to a store and fired shots, killing a 20-year-old man and wounding an 81-year-old woman in the head and neck. The woman was also in a critical condition.
Police said that after leaving the store, Nightingale shot a 15-year-old girl who was traveling in the car with her mother, leaving the girl in critical condition. He then returned to the store and shot the officers who were investigating the previous shootings. Brown said none of them were injured.
Then, Nightingale traveled about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north to Evanston, which borders Chicago, where police responded to a report of shots fired inside CVS. Authorities said Nightingale apparently entered the pharmacy, announced that he was stealing it and fired shots, which did not hit anyone. Then he went across the street to an IHOP restaurant, where he shot a woman in the neck. Evanston Police Chief Demetros Cook told reporters that she was in critical condition.
Cook said that Nightingale left the restaurant and officers confronted him in a parking lot, resulting in an exchange of fire and he was killed.
Brown said the information he shared at the press conference was preliminary and could change. He said investigators have little information about Nightingale but plan to release more details as soon as they have it.
“When you hear this whole story, it looks like you have a crystal ball for what he’s doing next, and we all know we don’t have a crystal ball where it goes next nor do we have this on any of our POD cameras,” Brown said. These crimes, we get the information, and again, it will go to the next while we try to keep up with what happened earlier.