Man Shot and Killed Near Howard El; Police Say No Connection to Unsolved RP Murders

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A man was shot fatally in the 1600 block of West Howard Street Nov. 29. / Courtesy of Google Street View

A man was shot and killed in Rogers Park late Thursday night, according to police. But police say there’s no connection to the two unsolved homicides that shocked the neighborhood in the early fall.

The 41-year-old man was standing on the sidewalk in the 1600 block of West Howard Street around 11:13 p.m. Nov. 29 when he was shot in the back, Chicago police said.

He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston where he was pronounced dead.

No one is in custody and Area North detectives are investigating, police said.

Police said it’s unclear if the shooter was on foot or in a car, but also said the victim was known to police.

Police also said the murder isn’t related to the two unsolved Rogers Park homicides that were perpetrated back-to-back in the early fall.

“If a crime is ever determined by detectives to be part of a pattern they will release a community alert and it will be distributed to the community immediately,” a Chicago police spokesperson told the RogersEdge Reporter in an email statement.

Douglass Watts, 73, was walking his dog in the morning on Sept. 30 when he was shot and killed by an offender wearing dark clothing and a face covering. The next night, Oct. 1, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz was shot and killed on a lakefront trail near Loyola Beach by the same man.

The shooter for those homicides is still at large. Police have saturated Rogers Park and the reward for information leading to his arrest has reached $150,000 — the largest for any murder investigation in Chicago history, according to CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson.

 

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