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Masked Gunman Sought in Apparently Random Chicago Slayings

The murders took place over two successive days in the same neighborhood
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2018 3:55 PM CDT
Chicago PD released a photo of the masked suspect.   (Chicago PD)

(Newser) – The Chicago PD is in search of a suspect who they say fatally shot a man Sunday before gunning down another victim the next day in the same neighborhood. Per ABC News, officials are on high alert in the city's Rogers Park area, where 73-year-old Douglass Watts was shot in the head by a masked man Sunday while walking his dogs. Monday night, authorities say Eliyahu Moscowitz was also fatally shot in the head just blocks away. Per WLS-TV, investigators have linked the two crimes using ballistics evidence.

"The shell casings found at both crime scenes ... were found to be a match," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters. "This means both shootings came from the same gun and likely the same suspect." Striking even more fear in the stunned community, Johnson revealed that police believe the two victims had zero connection and that they were likely targeted at random. Neither victim had his belongings stolen. As police released surveillance footage of a masked suspect they described as a male with a thin build, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged Chicagoans to go about their daily lives, but in "a smart and vigilant way." (Read more shooting stories.)

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