ad info

 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

CNN Websites
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines

 message boards




The trail of the suspected drive-by killer


Race relations

Crime and punishment

July 5, 1999
Web posted at: 11:27 a.m. EDT (1527 GMT)

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (CNN) -- The following is a time line of the shooting spree that left three dead and several others wounded over the July Fourth weekend in Illinois and Indiana.

The fatalities include the suspect, 21-year-old Benjamin Nathaniel Smith, a reported white supremacist who shot himself while fleeing police during a high-speed chase.

Friday, July 2

  • Six Orthodox Jews were wounded while walking home from Sabbath services in the Rogers Park section of Chicago.

  • Former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who is black, was fatally shot while walking with two of his children in front of their house in suburban Skokie, Illinois.

  • An Asian-American couple was shot at in a vehicle while attempting to pass a light blue Taurus in Northbrook, another Chicago suburb. Neither was hit.

    Saturday, July 3

  • Two drive-by shootings in Springfield targeted African Americans; one victim was wounded with non-life-threatening injuries; no one was hit in the other incident.

  • A black minister was shot twice in Decatur, Illinois. He was treated for his wounds at a hospital and released.

  • An Asian student from the University of Illinois was shot in the leg as he walked with friends in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. The 22-year-old man, whose name was not released, was hospitalized in serious condition.

    Sunday, July 4

  • Won-Joon Yoon was shot twice in the back and killed outside a Korean church in the morning in Bloomington, Indiana. The 26-year-old Korean was a student at Indiana University.

  • Smith, the suspect, shot himself at night on Interstate 57 near Salem, Illinois, in a van he allegedly carjacked. He died later at a hospital.

    Police believe Chicago shootings related; search for blue car
    July 3, 1999
    Supreme Court strikes down Chicago's anti-loitering law
    June 10, 1999
    Mother of slain student pleads for hate crimes bill
    May 11, 1999
    Dragging death suspect to seek change in venue
    April 19, 1999
    Overall U.S. murder rate down, but youth gun killings up
    January 2, 1999
    Violence study finds neighbor relations are key
    August 14, 1997

    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    World Church of the Creator Headquarters
    City of Chicago
      • Chicago Police Department
    Village of Skokie
      • Skokie Police Department
    Northwestern University
    Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
    External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

    Enter keyword(s)   go    help

  • Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
    Terms under which this service is provided to you.
    Read our privacy guidelines.