CHICAGO — Chicago police say three people were killed and four others remain in critical condition Sunday after a shooting spree which began on the South Side ended with the suspected gunman shot dead by police in Evanston yesterday.
According to police, they received the first reports of a shooting around 1:50 p.m. Saturday after a 30-year-old University of Chicago student was killed while sitting inside his car in an East Hyde Park parking garage.
The reported gunman later identified as 32-year-old Jason Nightengale is believed to have gone on to shoot several people seemingly at random, killing at least two more, as he entered a nearby apartment building, stole a car, attempted a robbery, drove to Evanston, attempted a second robbery and took a woman hostage at an IHOP. He was killed during a gunfight with police around 5 p.m.
Officials identified the victim who was shot and killed in the parking garage as Yiran Fan, a University of Chicago PhD student from China who was on track to defend his dissertation later this year. In a statement, the university said his family in China has been notified of his death.
Another victim killed during the shooting spree was 46-year-old Aisha Newell, known better as Aisha Johnson, who was working as a doorman at an East Hyde Park apartment building when Nightengale reportedly shot and killed her after asking to use the phone.
Newell’s son Rodney White and daughter Xadarri Nevels said they are devastated after learning about their mother’s death over the phone. They flew back to the area to lay her to rest.
“My cousin called ‘cause her friend heard the news first and notified her,” White said. “My sister, she called me in Arizona, said find a way to get here as soon as possible you need to come home.”
They said Newell was the life and soul of the party, who had found peace knowing her children were happy.
“I think she found peace in that I think she was happy we moved,” Newell said. “We asked her to come but she didn’t come.”
Officials identified a third victim killed during Saturday’s events as 20-year-old Anthony Faulkner, who was shot in the head and killed as Nightengale attempted to rob a store on the South Side.
“He was getting a lottery ticket and a young man approached him inside the store and told him, ‘this is a stick-up,’ and shot my son in the head,” his mother Georgia Evans said.
As of Sunday, four more people are still believed to be in critical condition in various hospitals in both Chicago and in Evanston.
A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Faulkner’s family pay for funeral expenses.
Timeline: At least three killed during shootings from Hyde Park to Evanston
Here’s a timeline of Saturday’s shooting spree, according to Chicago police (all times are estimates):
1:50 pm: U of C student killed in East Hyde Park parking garage
30-year-old University of Chicago PhD student Yiran Fan is shot and killed while sitting inside a vehicle in a parking garage on the 5300 block of South East End Avenue.
2 pm: Door guard killed, woman wounded in apartment building lobby
After going to a nearby apartment building on the 4900 block of South East End Avenue, the gunman asked to use the phone in the lobby before opening fire.
Door guard 46-year-old Aisha Newell was fatally shot in the chest and back. A 77-year-old woman who was checking her mail at the time was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.
2:45pm: Car stolen
He then entered a building about a block away on the 5500 block of South East End Avenue where he pulled a gun on someone he knew before taking the man’s red Toyota and driving off.
3pm: Man killed during attempted robbery in Brainerd
After announcing a robbery at a store on the 9300 block of South Halsted Street, the gunman shot 20-year-old Anthony Faulkner in the head, killing him, and shot a 81-year-old woman in the back and neck. The woman remains in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
4pm: Teen wounded after shots fired at car
A vehicle driving on the 10300 block of South Halsted Street was suddenly struck by gunfire, shattering a window and striking a 15-year-old girl in the back seat. The teen is in critical condition at Christ.
Shots fired at police after gunman returns to Brainerd store
Police believe the gunman then returned to the scene of the shooting at the South Side store and fired shots at officers there, striking a CPD vehicle. There are no reports of any injuries.
4:45 p.m.: Shots fired during attempted robbery at Evanston CVS
Police say he then drove north to Evanston, where police received calls of a man with a gun and then shots fired at a CVS located at the intersection of Asbury and Howard. Nobody in that store was injured.
Woman taken hostage at IHOP
The gunman crossed the street to an IHOP, where he took a woman hostage and shot her in the neck. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital and is in critical condition.
5:30 p.m.: Shootout in parking lot of Dollar General store
After reportedly shooting the hostage, the gunman crossed the street and was confronted by Evanston and Chicago police. During a shootout in the parking lot of a Dollar General store he was shot, and later pronounced dead at St. Francis hospital. No officers were hurt.