The Jewish United Fund (JUF) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the man responsible for two murders in Rogers Park earlier this week.
JUF’s president noted that members of Chicago’s LGBTQ and Jewish Orthodox communities are concerned that these shootings may have been targeted attacks against Douglas Wattts and Eliyahu Moscowitz because Mr. Watts was gay and Mr. Moscowitz was an Orthodox Jew.
No motive for the murders has been established by the police, although the same gun was used to kill both victims. Neither man was robbed, even though both carried cell phones, wallets, and credit cards.
A suspect was photographed by several surveillance cameras in the area of the first shooting, the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue, and these videos have been released to the public. A still photo of the suspect has also been released. Police are going door-to-door in the area of the second shooting, the bike path in Loyola Park at Lunt Avenue, in an effort to locate any surveillance videos which may show the same man in that area.
Mr. Watts lived in Rogers Park. Mr. Moscowitz was a resident of the 50th Ward.