Multiple dead, others wounded after man goes on shooting spree in Illinois: Report

Multiple people are dead and others are wounded in the aftermath of a horrific shooting spree in Illinois over the weekend, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The incident reportedly ended with the suspect, 32-year-old Jason Nightengale, being killed by police.

What happened?

According to Chicago police Superintendent David Brown, Nightengale began his rampage on Saturday afternoon in Chicago where he shot and killed a man who was sitting in his car in the South Side parking garage.

Nightengale then entered an apartment building where he fired multiple shots, killing a security guard and critically injuring a 77-year-old woman, the Tribune reported.

The shooter proceeded to a different apartment building where he obtained car keys from an acquaintance whom he threatened with a gun. Nightengale then drove the stolen car to a nearby convenience store where he shot and killed a 20-year-old man and critically injured an 80-year-old woman, according to the Tribune.

He then drove to the nearby city of Evanston where he shot up a CVS drugstore. From there, he reportedly went to an IHOP and took a woman hostage. He eventually shot the woman in the head, killing her.

At this point, authorities finally caught up with Nightengale and a shootout began, ending with the suspect being killed.

The aftermath

Nightengale is responsible for the deaths of at least four individuals, according to a report from NBC News. That number may rise, as it is unclear whether some of the critically injured individuals will survive.

Nightengale is also believed to be responsible for the shooting of a 15-year-old girl who was riding in a car with her mother when she was shot. She is said to be in critical condition.

The shootings appear to have been random, and thus far, there is no indication as to what may have motivated Nightengale. The only victim who has been identified is a 30-year-old graduate student at the University of Chicago named Yiran Fan.

Superintendent Brown said in a statement after the horrific event that “[b]ut for the brave conduct of Evanston police officers confronting the suspect, many more people would have been injured,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

“So we should take our hats off to Evanston P.D. and the hardworking officers of the Chicago Police Department for their investigation as we continue to look for motives and other reasons for this happening,” he added.

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