Gun used in fall Rogers Park spree killings used in two other shootings

Courtesy of Tony WebsterThe victim was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston after being shot in the leg.

The gun used in two highly publicized, fatal shootings in Rogers Park has been connected to two other West Side shootings, police said.

The Rogers Park community was shaken after the shootings left two community members dead within one day of each other last fall. The same gun was used in both shootings. 

Despite video showing the masked suspect and a $150,000 reward — the largest reward raised by Chicagoans for information regarding the arrest and conviction of a homicide suspect — what followed was months of no leads

Douglass Watts, 73, was killed after getting shot in the head Sept. 30 while walking his dogs in the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue. A day later, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz was shot in the head in the 1100 block of West Lunt Avenue, near Loyola Beach. 

The incidents occurred 1.5 miles and a half mile away from Loyola’s Lakeshore Campus, respectively. 

But, two weeks after the North Side shootings, the same gun was reportedly used to wound two men Oct.15 in the 4300 block of West Fifth Avenue in Lawndale, the Chicago Police Department confirmed.  

The victims were stopped at a red light when someone in a dark-colored SUV pulled up next to them and fired shots, according to CPD News Affairs Officer Hannah Warren. The first victim, 23, sustained a gunshot wound to the left arm. The second victim, a 27-year-old, was shot in the right hand, police said. No one is in custody.

The same gun was later discharged March 28 in the 2300 block of West Jackson Boulevard. But nobody was injured, according to CPD. 

A white vehicle drove up the driveway of a residential building and fired shots in the direction of three male security guards shortly after backing out, police said. No one is in custody. 

Area North detectives are still investigating the Rogers Park shootings and the two West Side incidents, according to CPD.

The gun used in all four incidents, which left .40 caliber casings, has not yet been recovered to the knowledge of the CPD, according to News Affairs Officer Jessica Alvarez.

In the months following the North Side incidents, the Rogers Park community honored those slain while beefing up its police presence by implementing a “smart policing strategy” featuring new tech to help cut down on crime.

Loyola students also responded in the wake of the murders. Shortly after the shootings, the student Facebook page, “Roam RoPo” was created to help students walk places together and keep each other informed.  The page is unaffiliated with the university. 

Rogers Park community members also took to Facebook to spread awareness, causing an uptick in crime-related posts to neighborhood pages such as “Rogers Park Neighborhood News.” 

If anyone has information, notify CPD at (312) 744-8263.

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