Police Supt. Eddie Johnson today announced that ballistics tests show the same gun was used in two separate shootings in Rogers Park over the last two days. Neither shooting appears to be gang-related and robbery does not appear to be the motive.
Superintendent Johnson made the announcement late this afternoon at the 24th Police District Station where he was joined by Mayor Emanuel.
The first victim, 73-year-old Douglas Watts, was shot in the head Sunday morning at 10:00 while walking his dogs on the 1400 block of W. Sherwin. After the shooting, the offender fled westbound on Sherwin and then southbound in the west alley.
Witnesses described the offender as a black male, with a thin build and wearing dark clothing, including a mask that obscured his face below his eyes.
The second victim, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz, was shot in the head Monday night at 10:20 in Loyola Park on the pedestrian path at Lunt immediately adjacent to the parking lot. Witnesses heard gunfire and rushed to the scene. They found Eliyah lying face down on the path and called the police.
Chicago police detectives are examining footage from several surveillance cameras located near the scene of the crime.
In both cases, the victims’ valuables, including wallets, credit cards and cell phones were not taken.
Police have found nothing that links the two victims.
Detectives have been working around the clock, knocking on doors to find potential witnesses and reviewing surveillance camera footage from the areas of the shootings as well as camera footage from CTA train stations and buses.
Police are saturating the neighborhood. In addition to increased patrol officers and officers on bikes, tactical officers from both the gang and drug units have been brought in. Chicago Police also have requested and received technical assistance from the FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
What can you do? Call 911 to report any suspicious persons or activity. Walk in pairs. Don’t talk to strangers or approach strange vehicles. Be aware of your surroundings and travel in well-lit and populated areas.
The police need your help in solving these crimes and apprehending the suspect. If you have any information whatsoever that could help in the investigation, please call 312-744-8261 or 312-744-8263. If you wish to make an anonymous report, visit cpdtip.com.
The Police Department is holding an informational meeting about these shootings tomorrow (Wednesday, October 3rd), 7:00 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf (gymnasium). They will bring you up to date on the progress of the investigation and address your questions and concerns. I will be in attendance.
Today our neighborhood is grieving. We grieve not only for the loss of Douglas Watts and Eliahu Moscowitz, but also the loss of our own sense of safety and security.
We are an outdoors community. We stroll down our streets and enjoy our beautiful lakefront. We bike and walk our dogs and spend time conversing with and getting to know our neighbors. In many ways, we are a small town in the big city. We cannot lot let one disturbed and deranged individual take this away from us.
I commend our neighbors for their outpouring of kindness and support for the families of the victims. Thank you for your courage in coming to the aid of the victims and sharing important information with law enforcement.
We are doing what Rogers Park does so well. We are coming together, supporting one another and standing strong together.
My staff and I will continue to do our part to work diligently to respond to your concerns, make referrals when necessary and fight for policies that keep guns out of the hands of people who will do harm.
I will promise to keep you updated as the investigation continues.