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Masked Gunman Apparently Targeting Random Victims In Chicago, Including An Elderly Man Walking His Dog

Douglass Watts, 73, and Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, were both shot to death in the same neighborhood over a two-day period, police say. 

By Gina Tron

A masked gunman appears to be targeting random victims in Chicago as there have been two fatal shootings in the city's Rogers Park neighborhood in just two days, according to police.

The first victim, Douglass Watts, 73, was walking his dog when he was approached and shot to death, police say.

After shooting the victim, the masked assailant fled into an alley.

The second victim, Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, was shot in the head Monday night in Loyola Park, according to WLS in Chicago. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Tuesday, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that matching shell casings link the two shootings.

"The shell casings were found at both crime scenes from the 1100-block of West Lunt and the 1400-block of West Sherwin Avenue from Sunday were found to be a match," Johnson said at the Tuesday press conference. "This means both shootings came from the same gun and likely the same suspect."

No items were stolen from either victim and robbery does not appear to be a motive, raising the prospect that the slayings were simply random. 

A pastor found Moscowitz's body. He was dressed in traditional Jewish attire and a long beard, according to WLS.

Police released a surveillance picture showing the shooter. He is dressed in black, and is wearing a ski mask over his face. Witnesses describe him as a black male, thin build, wearing dark clothing. ‬Anyone with tips can call police at (312) 744-8200‬ or submit anonymously at CPDTip.com

[Photo: Chicago Police Department]

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