Gun attack in Chicago: 3 killed along with the gunman, 4 injured
At least three people have been killed in gunshot in different parts of the US city of Chicago. Four more women and children were shot in the incident. Their condition is critical. Gunman Jason Nightingale, 32, was later killed in a shootout with police.
The killings took place at midnight local time on Sunday (January 10) in several areas of the city's Evanston, police said. The gunman was later shot dead by police.
One of the dead was a University of Chicago student, 30, police sources said. The other two are a 20-year-old man and the other is a building security guard (46). Among the injured were two elderly women (aged 77 and 81), a woman and a 15-year-old girl.
Police suspect the attacker may be mentally deranged. Chicago police have launched an investigation to recover clues to the incident.
The series of shootings took place in just four hours. Chicago police have already stepped in to investigate the incident.
Jason Nightingale shot and killed a University of Chicago student in the area adjacent to Heidi Park, south of the city, Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police Officer David Brown said. He then entered a multi-storey building next door. Upon entering, a security guard and an old woman were shot dead. The security guard was killed. The old woman is also fighting to the death in the hospital.
Jason went to a nearby store and shot and killed a 20-year-old youth. At the same time, he shot an 81-year-old woman in the head. As he was leaving the shop, a 15-year-old girl was shot in the street. The girl was driving with her mother. Her condition is also critical. When the police reached the spot after receiving the news, Nightingale fled after firing at them. He later moved to the North Easton area of the city. Going there, he started firing randomly at a restaurant. A woman was shot. Jason later confronted police in a parking lot on the Chicago border. The gunman, Jason, was killed during the exchange of fire.
Incidentally, Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois. It is the third most populous city in the United States. Earlier, on December 27, three people were killed and three others were seriously injured in a gun attack in Rockford, Illinois.