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Man’s video posts preceded gun attacks


A man who police say killed three people and wounded four others during shootings in and around Chicago posted nonsensica­l and expletive-laced videos in the days and hours leading up to the attacks.

Investigat­ors on Sunday were trying to determine a motive for the Saturday afternoon attacks in which police say Jason Nightengal­e, 32, apparently chose his victims at random. Police killed Nightengal­e in a shootout just north of the city about four hours after authoritie­s say he shot his first victim.

Those killed include Yiran Fan, 30, a University of Chicago student from China; Anthony Faukner, 20; and Aisha Nevell, 46, a security guard.

Wounded were two women, ages 77 and 81, and a 15-year-old girl, Chicago Police Superinten­dent David Brown said. Another woman was shot in the neck in Evanston, police said.

Authoritie­s did not release many details about Nightengal­e, a Chicago man whose Linkedin page listed work over the years as a janitor, security guard and forklift operator. But disturbing videos posted to Facebook over two years under Nightengal­e’s middle name, Oliver, offered clues about his state of mind.

In one posted Thursday, Nightengal­e held a gun to the camera and muttered unintellig­ible statements as he appeared to be driving.

“No music. No. No music,” Nightengal­e says in the video, his speech slurred. “I don’t need no seat belt. I’m coming, girl.”

He posted dozens of other short videos, including several in the hours before the first attack, which were viewable until the page was taken down Sunday. In one, he says, “I’m going to blow up the whole community.”

The shootings began shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday with the killing of Fan, who was shot in the head while sitting in his car in a parking garage in the Hyde Park neighborho­od, Brown said.

After that, Nightengal­e “just randomly” walked into an apartment building a block away, where he shot the female security guard and the 77-year-old woman, Brown said. From there, Nightengal­e went to another nearby building and stole a car from a man he knew. He then opened fire at a convenienc­e store, killing the 20-year-old man and wounding the 81-year-old woman. She was in critical condition.

After leaving the store, Nightengal­e shot a teenage girl who was riding in a car with her mother, leaving the girl in critical condition, police said. He then went back to the convenienc­e store and fired on officers who were investigat­ing the earlier shooting. None of them were injured, Brown said.

An attorney for Nightengal­e could not be located Sunday.

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