Reward for Rogers Park killer raised to $150K, officials say

CHICAGO -- Chicago police increased the reward for information leading to the Rogers Park gunman to $150,000, the largest ever raised solely from community donations.

Eliyahu Moscowitz, 24, was fatally shot in the head on a pedestrian path in Loyola Park  on Oct. 1. Just 36 hours earlier, on Sept. 30, police said the same gun was used to kill 73-year-old Douglass Watts who was also shot in the head at close range in the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue.

On Oct. 3, police released surveillance video of a masked person suspected in the two homicides. Police published footage from Sept. 30 of a person dressed in all black and a ski mask walking towards the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue, where Watts was shot in the head, and additional footage of the suspect fleeing down an alley.


The Rogers Park neighborhood has been on high alert since the murders.

Officials made the announcement about the reward during a press conference Thursday. Police said they weren't able to provide more specifics about their investigation. They said they were concerned the only way they might catch the killer if he strikes again.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.