A man killed three people and wounded four others in Chicago in a series of shootings over roughly four hours that started on the South Side of Chicago and ended with his death in a shootout with police in a parking lot just north of the city.
What exactly happened?
The shooter, 32-year-old Jason Nightengale, “just randomly” walked into an apartment building a block away, where he shot a 46-year-old security guard who was sitting at the desk and a 77-year-old woman who was getting her mail, Brown said.
The guard was pronounced dead at a hospital and the older woman, who was shot in the head, was hospitalized in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the attacks, which began Saturday afternoon with the killing of a 30-year-old University of Chicago student who was shot in the head while sitting in his car in a parking garage in the Hyde Park neighborhood, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown told reporters. He didn’t release any of the victims’ names.
Nightengale went to another nearby building and stole a car from a man he knew. He then went to a convenience store and fired shots, killing a 20-year-old man and wounding an 81-year-old woman in the head and neck, Brown said. The woman was also in critical condition.
After leaving the store, Nightengale shot a 15-year-old girl who was riding in a car with her mother, leaving the girl in critical condition, police said.
He then went back to the convenience store and fired on officers who were investigating the earlier shooting. None of them were injured, Brown said.
He then drove north to Evanston, which borders Chicago and entered a CVS pharmacy with the motive to rob it and fired gunshots in air.
Although, nobody was harmed by the gunshots. Then he went across the street to an IHOP restaurant, where he shot a woman in the neck. She was in critical condition, Evanston police Chief Demitrous Cook told reporters.
Nightengale left the restaurant and was confronted by officers in a parking lot, leading to a shootout in which he was shot and killed, Cook said.
Details of Jason Nightengale
Authorities didn’t release many details about Nightengale, a Chicago man whose LinkedIn page listed work over the years as a janitor, security guard, and forklift operator.
But a series of disturbing videos posted to Facebook over two years under Nightengale’s middle name, Oliver, offered clues as to his state of mind.
In one posted Thursday, Nightengale held a gun to the camera and muttered unintelligible statements as he appeared to be driving.
A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation said it was Nightengale in the video.
Brown said the information he shared at the news conference was preliminary and could change. He said investigators had little information about Nightengale but plan to release more details as they get them.