Chicago Police Department

Serial Shooter May Be On The Loose: CPD

October 02, 2018 - 4:23 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police are warning Rogers Park residents about two recent killings in the North Side neighborhood that were carried out with the same gun, and possibly by the same shooter.

The first fatal shooting claimed the life of 73-year-old Willard Douglass Watts, who was walking his dogs at 10:07 a.m. Sunday near his home in the 1400 block of West Sherwin when someone shot him in his head at close range, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

About 10:20 p.m. Monday, Eliyahu Moscowicz, a 24-year-old man of the Orthodox Jewish faith, was walking on the Loyola Park bike path near Lunt Avenue when someone fatally shot him in the head, authorities said. He lived in West Rogers Park.

On Tuesday, Supt. Eddie Johnson and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a press conference at the 24th District station to discuss the killings.

Police also released a surveillance photo of a suspect from near the scene of the first killing. The suspect, who was described as a black male with a thin build, is seen in the photo wearing all-dark clothing with a hooded mask.

“This person is clearly trying to disguise themselves,” Johnson said. “Clearly he or she knows what they are going out to do.”

Investigators initially thought Watts was killed during a robbery, but Johnson said nothing had been stolen from either man. Police haven’t identified a potential motive, but Johnson didn’t rule out the possibility of a hate crime.

At the press conference, Emanuel told residents to “go about your daily lives, but be safe, smart and vigilant at the same time.”

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