Update on Recent Rogers Park Homicides
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has determined that two fatal shootings over the last two days in Rogers Park are connected. While not in Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries and not involving Loyola students, these acts cause both departments to feel that the offender in these murder investigations is an ongoing threat to the campus area and Campus Safety’s patrol boundaries as well.
On September 30, at approximately 10 a.m., an individual was shot and killed on the 1400 block of West Sherwin Avenue. On October 1, at approximately 10:20 p.m., a second individual was shot and killed on the bike path of Loyola Park, located on the 1100 block of West Lunt Avenue. Both men were walking alone when the crimes occurred. Campus Safety has a list of street safety tips at LUC.edu/safety/street_tips.html, including do not walk or jog alone.
No motives have been clearly established in the homicides. Campus Safety is working with CPD to assist in the investigations in any way and to best serve the University community. If you have any information relating to these homicides, please contact CPD at CPDtip.com or 312.744.8263.
Please also keep the following risk-reduction tips in mind:
- If a person threatens you, follow any demands and run away as soon as it is safe to do so. Once in a safe place, immediately notify Campus Safety at 773.508.SAFE or the Chicago Police Department via 9-1-1 or 312.744.8263.
- Investigative follow-up will be dependent on the amount of detail a person can recall. It is important to remember as many identifying characteristics about the offender(s) as possible. This can include the license plate of any involved vehicle, physical characteristics of the person, their clothing, any weapons used, direction of flight, etc.
- If you see something you believe to be suspicious, immediately contact Campus Safety or the Chicago Police Department.
Campus Safety remains committed to ensuring the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those families and friends dealing with this terrible loss.
Thomas K. Murray
Director of Campus Safety and Chief of Police