Four People Dead, Including Gunman, at Least Four Others Wounded in Chicago Shooting Spree

Chief Demitrous Cook of the Evanston, Ill., police after a gunman went on a shooting spree before being killed by officers in a shootout. (Credit…Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times, via Chicago Sun-Times, via Associated Press)

A deadly shooting spree on Saturday that started in Chicago and ended in a shootout in nearby Evanston, Ill., left at least four people dead, including the suspected gunman, and at least four others critically wounded, the authorities said.

The suspect was killed in a shootout with Evanston police officers after a rampage that targeted seemingly random victims, including a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head while riding in a car with her mother, and a woman who was taken hostage in a restaurant before being shot by her captor.

Among the dead were a building security guard and a University of Chicago student, whose body was found in a parked car.

The student was identified as Yiran Fan, a 30-year-old graduate student originally from China, the University of Chicago confirmed on Sunday. None of the other victims have been identified.

The Chicago police superintendent, David Brown, identified the suspect as Jason Nightengale, 32, of Chicago. Superintendent Brown said at a news conference on Saturday night that the shooting spree began just before 2 p.m., when the suspect entered a South Side parking garage and shot a man sitting in a car, killing him.

Minutes later, Superintendent Brown said, Mr. Nightengale entered an apartment building and began firing, killing a security guard and critically wounding a 77-year-old woman. He then walked to another apartment building where he held an acquaintance at gunpoint, demanding the man’s car keys.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, Tiffany May

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