A Jewish man was shot dead in Chicago on Monday, local television station ABC7 reported.
The shooting, in the city’s Roger’s Park neighborhood, was the second fatal shooting in the neighborhood in two days, leading police to suspect a masked gunman is targeting people in the neighborhood at random.
The victim, Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, was shot in the head at about 10:20 p.m. Monday on the Loyola Park path near Lunt Avenue, Chicago police said. He was a member of the local orthodox Jewish community.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County Medical Examiner said he died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Police are investigating the shooting as connected to the fatal shooting of Douglass Watts, 73, who was fatally shot in the head Sunday morning while walking his dogs in the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue, according to ABC7.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Tuesday the shell casings in both shootings were found to be a match. Johnson said police are looking for the same suspect and the same gun in both shootings.
Police released a surveillance picture showing the shooter dressed entirely in black, his face covered by a ski mask in an evident effort to keep his identity concealed.
His victims appear to have been chosen at random. No connection between the two men has been found.
None of the victims’ belongings were taken. Moscowitz’s father said his son was dressed in traditional Jewish attire and a long beard.
“This person is clearly trying to disguise themselves,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Tuesday press conference at the 24th District police station. “Clearly he or she knows what they are going out to do.”
Johnson said the investigation is “still in the preliminary stages,” but expedited ballistic tests performed by the ATF confirmed that the shell casings found at the scenes of both shootings came from the same gun, according to a report in the Chicago Sun Times.
The Sun Times report said that Johnson did not rule out the possibility the shootings were hate crimes.
“It’s just too early to be able to say that definitively, though we are looking at every possibility,” he said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged neighborhood residents to “go about your daily lives, but be safe, smart and vigilant at the same time.
“Two men, different ages and backgrounds whose lives ended with the same gun used. Their deaths were senseless and tragic,” Emanuel said.
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