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Detectives Have Exhausted All Leads Related to Rogers Park Shootings

Photo Courtesy of Chicago Police DepartmentNearly four months after the two shootings in Rogers Park, police have exhausted all leads.

Nearly four months after a spree of shootings shook the Rogers Park community, detectives have exhausted all leads and received no new tips, according to police.

However, Chicago Police Department Sergeant Rocco Alioto said the investigation remains ongoing.

The first shooting, which left 73-year-old Douglass Watts dead, took place on Sept. 30 on the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue, about 1.5 miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore campus. Just a day later, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz was shot and killed in Loyola Park, about half a mile from campus.

Police believe the victims didn’t know each other, but that the same person killed both. Video footage released in October showed a suspect wearing dark clothes and a dark face covering.

As of Jan. 9, CPD has received 350 independent leads on the case according to Alioto.

The reward for information on the suspect was raised to $150,000 in November, the highest reward ever raised by community members in Chicago for information about a homicide suspect, The Phoenix reported.

Since the incident, Rogers Park residents and Loyola students have remained on edge.

Some Loyola students formed a Facebook group called “Roam RoPo.” The page, which is unaffiliated with the university itself, is used by students to post information on local crime and safety concerns to keep others informed, The Phoenix reported. While intended as a resource, the page also became a hotbed for false claims regarding the killer and the killer’s supposed whereabouts in the weeks to follow.

Other online groups such as the Facebook group “Rogers Park Neighborhood News,” which has a membership of around 8,500 as of publication, saw an uptick in crime-related posts as well.

Loyola’s Campus Safety also responded in the aftermath, encouraging students to use Loyola’s free shuttle service called 8-RIDE or to call Campus Safety dispatch for transportation needs.

If anyone has information on the shootings, they call CPD at (312) 744-8263.

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