Jason Nightengale Biography — Wiki
Jason Nightengale is identified as the gunman who was shot dead by police after they said he went on a shooting spree around the Chicago area overnight, killing four victims and wounding at least three others. The shootings began in Chicago on the South Side at the 5300 block of South East End Avenue around 1:50 pm local time on Saturday afternoon, when Nightengale opened fire on a 30-year-old University of Chicago student while he was sitting in his car.
The deceased student has not been identified publicly, nor have any of the other shooting victims so far.
Jason Nightengale Age
Jason Nightengale was 32 years old at the time of death.
Jason Nightengale: ‘I’m going around giving blessings’
According to The Chicago-Tribune, Jason Nightengale next turned his sights on an apartment building at the 4900 block of South East End Avenue. Once inside, Nightengale allegedly shot a 46-year-old security guard for the building, who later died at a hospital.
Cross-city shooting spree gunman posted dozens of videos this week as he brandished a gun, sized-up potential victims, and apparently got pulled over by police.
3 dead. 3 critical. And Jason Nightengale was killed in an gunfight with Evanston police.https://t.co/ct8XdC0bvi
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‘He proceeded to walk into the building and I think she told him he had to leave the building and then he shot her,’ a neighbor told ABC7 Chicago.
‘So then she began to run and he shot her again. She was a good person. She has two kids that I know of.’
He also shot a 77-year-old woman on the right side of her head while she was retrieving her mail – she’s in critical condition at the hospital. Later, Nightengale found his way through the backdoor of a different apartment building at the 5500 block of South East End Avenue, where he took an elevator up to the 19th floor.
Once there, he saw a man he knew because a relative of Nightengale’s once lived in the building. Nightengale pushed the man into an apartment and forced him to surrender the keys to a red Toyota, which Nightengale then took off in, police said.
Jason Nightengale then drove to a convenience store in Brainerd at the 9300 block of South Halsted Street, which he attempted to rob around 3 pm.
During the robbery, Nightengale shot and killed a 20-year-old man and shot an 81-year-old woman in the back and the neck. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she is currently in critical condition.
An hour later, Nightengale was in the Washington Heights neighborhood in the 10300 block of South Halsted Street, where he allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl in the head while she was in the car with her mother. She was also taken to a hospital, where she is in critical condition.
Nightengale’s next believed move was to return to the area of the convenience store shooting, where police were investigating the incident. Nightengale opened fire on the police but didn’t strike any of the cops, who declined to return fire on him.
What we know so far about Jason Nightengale
ABC7 Chicago reports Nightengale has previously been arrested for numerous crimes, including gun and drug violations, criminal trespass, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft, domestic violence, and reckless conduct.
He had also posted a series of disturbing social media posts, at least one showing him with a weapon.
‘My brother was not and hadn’t been in his right mind for a long time,’ a person claiming to be Nightengale’s sister wrote on Facebook, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘My condolences to any families affected by his mental break.’
Jason Nightengale LinkedIn
On LinkedIn, Nightengale listed various occupations as a janitor, cab driver, and security investigator, though the owner of the security firm had no recollection of him when asked by the Sun-Times.
The trail goes cold on Nightengale from there until 5:35 pm when shots were fired inside of a CVS in Evanston.
Nobody was hit by a bullet inside of the CVS.
Nightengale then ran across the street to an IHOP, where he allegedly took a woman hostage before shooting her in the neck.
‘As I was parked over here by IHOP, there was a body over here shot up on the ground,’ witness Israel Lopez told ABC7 Chicago.
WGN News reporter Bronagh Tumulty updated her condition on Sunday morning, tweeting, ‘now hearing the woman who was held hostage and shot in Evanston, has passed away.’ The woman’s death has yet to be confirmed publicly by the police, but she would be Nightengale’s fourth victim.
After the IHOP shooting, Nightengale ran east into a Dollar General parking lot, where he was shot dead by Evanston police during an exchange of gunfire.
None of the officers were hurt during the final shootout.
No motive for any of the shootings has been revealed yet.