A Bloody Month in Rogers Park

Courtesy of Tony WebsterTwo shootings and two attempted armed robberies were reported in the past week near campus.

There were four violent crimes — two of which were inflicted on Loyola students — in the past week on or near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus.

These crimes follow the brutal Sept. 17 beating and robbery of a Loyola senior near her apartment three blocks from campus. A Northwestern University graduate student, 25-year-old Shane Colombo, was also shot and killed on Clark Street in Rogers Park Sept. 2.

Two shootings in two days

Douglass Watts, 73, was shot and killed about 1.5 miles from the Lake Shore Campus on West Sherwin Avenue Sunday morning, and 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz also died in a shooting Tuesday morning near Loyola Park. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said the two murders are connected — the same gun was used in each — and is investigating possible motives.

CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday the same gun was used in both shootings. A photo of the suspect of Sunday’s murder was also released Oct. 2, a figure wearing dark clothing and a ski mask.

Johnson said the victims were likely random and had no connection to each other.

“There’s nothing on our end right now that points to these two people actually knowing each other,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are aiding the investigation.

Two armed robberies on and near campus

Two attempted armed robberies were reported by Loyola students in the past week. One took place outside a residence hall and one was reported less than a block away from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus on West Albion Avenue.

A man pointed a gun at a A 20-year-old Loyola student’s head and tried to rob him at around 5:15 p.m. Sept. 26 near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, according to a crime alert sent to students by Campus Safety.

The incident occurred near the 1200 block of West Albion Avenue. The student fled without injury.

The crime happened less than a block away from campus, near Chipotle and apartments, some of which house Loyola students.

CPD News Affairs Officer Christine Calace said the student was walking through the alley when two unknown black males approached him. One of the men held a handgun to the student’s head and demanded his belongings, CPD said. The offenders fled the scene when the victim refused, according to Calace.

The offenders were described as two unknown black males ages 18-25, around six feet tall and 175-200 pounds, according to Calace. The offenders are still at large, according to the alert.

A man attempted to rob a Loyola student Saturday night around 11:45 p.m. outside Fairfield Residence Hall on North Winthrop Avenue, according to a crime alert email sent to students from Campus Safety around 4 a.m., more than four hours after the incident.

The man followed the student southbound toward the residence hall and displayed a pointed object, the email said. The offender claimed to have a gun, but didn’t show the gun to the victim, Campus Safety said.

The victim was able to get inside the gates of Fairfield Hall and the offender fled the scene.

The offender, who was described as a 5-foot-7-inch tall man with glasses and a red jacket, is still at large, the email said.

No one is in custody for any of these crimes, according to CPD.

Mary Norkol, Jane Miller, Michael McDevitt, Katie Anthony and Alanna Demetrius contributed reporting.



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