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5 killed, including gunman, in Chicago shooting spree

A gunman shot and killed four people in a shooting spree that stretched from Chicago to Evanston, Ill., north of the city, on Sunday.

Police say Jason Nightengale, 32, randomly shot four people before he was killed by police.

The shooting rampage began in Chicago’s Hyde Park section, where Nightengale shot a 30-year-old man in the head, killing him. The gunman then drove a short distance, where he fatally shot a security guard after asking to use a phone at an apartment building in the Kenwood neighborhood.

In the same building, the gunman fired on a 77-year-old woman who was checking her mailbox. She is listed in critical condition at a hospital, Fox 32 reports.

Nightengale then took an elevator to the 19th floor of an apartment building, where he threatened a person and later stole their car. He drove to a convenience store, where he robbed it, killing a 20-year-old man and critically wounding an 81-year-old person in the process, Fox 32 reported.

After exchanging gunfire with police, Nightengale fled the area in the stolen vehicle. About 19 miles north, police received 911 calls reporting a gunman at a local pharmacy.

Nightengale fled from the pharmacy to a nearby IHOP restaurant, where he took a woman hostage and shot her. She is hospitalized in stable condition.

Officers eventually shot and killed Nightengale in the parking lot of a Dollar General store.

Nightengale’s sister wrote on Facebook that he “hadn’t been in his right mind for a long time,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

“But for the brave conduct of Evanston police officers, many more people would have been injured,” Chicago police Supt. David Brown told the Sun-Times.

In addition to the 5 deaths, dozens of people were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend.

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