The Jewish community of Chicago became victim to the prevalence of crime and violence of the city with the senseless shooting of Eliyahu Moscowitz HY”D.
Eliyahu, a 24-year-old member of Chicago’s Lubavitch community, was fatally shot Simcha’s Torah night while walking along the lakefront bike path located in Loyola Park near Lunt Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s unclear if the shots were aimed at Eliyahu or if he was caught in some kind of crossfire.
Moscowitz worked as a mashgiach at the Jewel-Osco grocery store.
This is the second shooting in the Rogers Park neighborhood in two days. Both shootings came from the same gun and likely the same suspect, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said a press conference at the Rogers Park District police station. No one is in custody at this time.
“The shell casings found at both crime scenes were found to be a match.”
Joining Johnson was Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who cautioned residents to be “vigilant.”
“I know firsthand the Rogers Park community is strong, is resilient and is a supportive community,” he said. “We need those core vales and the police department needs those core values at this time. People will go about their daily lives but we want it to be done in a safe way, a smart way and vigilant about their way.”