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Chinese PhD student shot dead in Chicago
Published on: 2021-01-13
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A Chinese student was shot dead in a series of shootings that spanned across Chicago in the US on Saturday local time.
 

A total of three were killed in the shootings, in addition to four wounded. The motive of the shootings is still unclear.
 

The student, Fan Yiran, was a 30-year-old PhD student in a joint program of the Booth School of Business and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics of the University of Chicago, the university confirmed in a notice released on its website on Sunday.
 

The university said that Fan was in the fourth year of the Joint Program in Financial Economics, and was hoping to propose his dissertation later this year. Fan's family in China has already been notified, and the university representatives are in contact with them, it said.
 

Fan was shot and killed in his car in the parking garage at an apartment building at about 1:50 pm Saturday. After shooting and killing Fan, the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Jason Nightengal by police, went on to shoot others across the city.
 

Nightengal was killed later on Saturday by police in Evanston, north of Chicago.

Lin Mu, president of the Peking University Alumni Chicago, said that the alumni and relevant parties, including the office of the president of the University of Chicago, the international student office and Booth School of Business are all helping to enable Fan's parents to go to the US as soon as possible.

The US has seen a disturbing increase in gun violence and mass shootings across the country in recent years, statistics from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA) show. The number of deaths caused by gun violence has jumped from 12,418 in 2014 to 15,208 in 2019.

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