5 people were killed and 2 wounded by gunfire from Chicago to Evanston
Police said a 30-year-old University of Chicago student was among the victims killed, and that the other victim was a woman who was shot after being taken hostage, according to Evanston Police.
Police identified the suspect as Jason Nightingale, 32. Officials said Nightingale was also killed after a shootout with police.
Just before 2 p.m. local time, a student from the University of California was shot dead in a parking garage in the Regent’s Park apartment complex.
Officials said, in a statement to the university community, that the university had been informed that a student had been found in a car with a gunshot wound.
The university issued a statement saying: “This is a very painful news for the university community and our southern neighborhood. The university will provide support to the people of our community affected by this incident.”
A few minutes later, Nightingale entered a vestibule at 4,900 apartment blocks from S. East End Avenue and asked a woman to use the phone.
A neighbor said, “He went to the building… I think she (the woman) told him he should leave the building, then he shot her. She tried to run, but he shot her again.”
He said that another 77-year-old woman, who was inside the building retrieving mail, was also injured.
Police said a woman who was shot in the chest was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The other woman was taken to the same hospital in a critical condition.
Nightingale then aimed his rifle at a man the police said he knew, and pushed him to an apartment at Mall 5000 on East End Avenue at around 2:45 pm. He claimed the victim’s car keys. Then head to a nearby parking garage to locate the car.
About an hour later, Chicago police said Nightingale entered a retail establishment in Building 9300 on South Halstead Street.
Then he announced a robbery, before shooting a 20-year-old man in the head. The victim was taken to Christ Hospital, where he later died. An 81-year-old victim was wounded by a bullet in the back and neck. Police said they were taken to the same hospital in critical condition.
After that, Nightingale escaped from the scene at around 5 PM. He was shot from an unknown location, hitting a 15-year-old girl in the head while she was sitting in the back seat of a car her mother was driving. The girl was said to be in critical condition at Kummer Children’s Hospital, but her mother was unharmed.
Soon after, police said, Nightingale returned to the theft scene at 9300 Block in S. Halsted where he fired shots, collided with a police car in Chicago, and after the shooting was liquidated.