Man in shooting rampage kills 3, injures 4 in Chicago

Woman shot, critically injured after being taken hostage in IHOP

"But for the courageous conduct of Evanston police officers confronting this suspect, many more people would have been injured", Brown said, adding that no Chicago officers were known to be injured from their earlier confrontation with the suspect.

A man has killed three people and wounded four others in a series of dramatic shootings that started on Chicago's South Side and ended with the gunman's death in a shootout with police in a auto park north of the city.

Chicago man Jason Nightengale, 32, allegedly randomly opened fire on people of all ages, including a 30-year-old student at the University of Chicago, who was shot in the head as he sat in a vehicle.

The guard was pronounced dead in hospital and the woman is in a critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown identified the shooting suspect as 32-year-old Jason Nightengale. As police arrived, Nightengale fled from the pharmacy to a nearby IHOP restaurant, where he took a woman hostage and shot her, reports said. He then went back to the convenience store and fired on officers who were investigating the earlier shooting.

The rampage started around 1:50 p.m. local time. Two individuals, one male and one female, were shot during the incident. It was later confirmed the first victim was a student at UoC. The suspect asked to use a phone before opening fire.

"This sudden and senseless loss of life causes us indescribable sorrow", President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee said in a statement.

Evanston police Sgt. Ken Carter said Nightengale appeared to have a connection to Evanston, but he did not have further details.

Nightengale then drove several miles to a store in the 9300 block of South Halsted Street and announced he is robbing it.

An hour later, Nightengale was in the Washington Heights neighborhood, where he allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl in the head while she was in the auto with her mother. She was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her head, according to the news station.

Nightengale was shot and killed by Evanston police a short time time later, in the vicinity of a Dollar General store parking lot.

Brown said the information he shared at the news conference was preliminary and could change. "In the days ahead we will come together as a community to mourn, and to lift up fellow members of our community in this hard and very sad time".

"I'm not sure who fired first, but it was in response to violence he perpetrated in our town", Evanston Police Department Chief Demetrius Cook said.

He later shot a 77-year-old woman in the head. The man ran out of the IHOP eastbound on Howard St.

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