The reward for information on the shooter who left two men dead in Rogers Park around five weeks ago has been raised from $23,000 to $150,000, police said at a Thursday press conference.
The reward is the highest ever raised by community members in Chicago for information regarding the arrest and conviction of a homicide suspect, according to Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Police are still looking for the suspect involved in the killings that left 73-year-old Douglass Watts and 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz dead within one day of each other. Watts was shot at the 1400 block of West Sherwin, around 1.5 miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Moscowitz was shot while walking near Loyola Beach, half a mile from Loyola’s northern most residence hall. Johnson said the two victims are not connected.
Some Rogers Park and Loyola students have been on edge following the shootings. “Rogers Park Neighborhood News,” a Facebook page used by many neighborhood residents, has seen an influx in crime-related posts since the incident. A student-founded Facebook page, “Roam RoPo,”created following the shootings as a way for students to share safety information and walk together.
Detectives have reviewed hours of surveillance footage, Johnson said, and are still unsure of the suspect’s whereabouts and motive. He added it’s likely the suspect is still in Chicago.
CPD has received more than 430 independent leads since the incidents occurred but Johnson said they are still asking for information.
“Someone out there listening or watching right now knows who this person is, whether it be an acquaintance, friend, relative or loved-one,” Johnson said.
He added CPD has limited information it can share as it could compromise the investigation.