Approximately 350 Rogers Park residents last night crammed into a Loyola Park gymnasium last night to hear Chicago police provide an update on their search for an individual suspected in two recent murders in our community.
The first homicide occurred last Sunday morning (September 30th) at approximately 10:00 on the 1400 block of W. Sherwin. The second homicide took place Monday evening (October 1st) at approximately 10:20 in Loyola Park at the Lunt Avenue street-end.
The victims did not know each other. The same handgun was used in both shootings, most likely by the same individual. Nothing was taken from the victims, who had cellphones, wallets and credit cards on them when they were found.
As part of the update, First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio presented several videos of the suspect taken before and after the Sunday homicide. Police are still examining videos taken from cameras in the vicinity of the Monday homicide.
Please examine the videos closely. Note especially the suspect’s unique gait with his feet pointed out.
The suspect has a slim build and is between 5’10” and 6’2″ in height. He was wearing a black track suit, with a hat and scarf obscuring most of his face.
The first video shows the suspect walking west on the south side of the 1400 block of Sherwin just before the first shooting on Sunday. Subsequent videos taken after Sunday’s attack show him running east through the alley that lies between the 1400 blocks of Chase and Touhy.
If you have any information about the suspect or the homicides, please call Chicago Police Department detectives at 312-744-8261 or 312-744-8263. If you wish to make an anonymous report, visit cpdtip.com.
The Police Department has “saturated the area” with police officers, including officers on bikes and in marked and unmarked cars. Officers from gang and drug enforcement teams are also deployed in the area.
Loyola University’s public safety office is also working closely with Chicago police.
Though the Police Department is deploying additional resources citywide in preparation for the verdict in the trial of Jason Van Dyke for the murder of Laquan McDonald, Deputy Supt. Riccio assured the residents last night that police don’t plan to pull out any of the Rogers Park patrols as they try to track down the killer.
Police have requested the assistance of federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF. The FBI’s behavioral analysis unit can help detectives build a profile of a suspect.
Investigators do not have a specific individual in mind, but the fact the suspect arrived and left the Sherwin scene on foot makes detectives think he lives in our neighborhood and is still here.
Police do not believe you should remain isolated inside your home, but you should exercise caution when outside. Always be aware of your surroundings. Whenever possible, walk in pairs. Avoid listening to headphones while out alone and carry a whistle or body alarm in case of emergency.
I am in regular communication about this investigation with our local Police Commander, Roberto Nieves, as well as Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. Eddie Johnson.
If you have any questions about the crimes or the investigation, please feel free to contact my office by replying to this email or calling 773-338-5796. We will try our best to answer your questions or reach out to the police.
I will continue to keep you updated as the investigation proceeds.