California police investigating a string of homicides say they are now coordinating with Chicago police, saying the suspected killer may also have been responsible for two murders in Rogers Park that stunned the city nearly of four years.
According to NBC affiliate KCRA in Sacramento, Stockton police said they were working with Chicago police in an investigation into a series of murders in the two cities.
At least six murders are currently under investigation in Stockton and Oakland, and police believe there may be a link to two killings in Chicago in 2018.
The first of the two murders took place on September 30, when Douglass Watts, 73, was shot dead while walking his dog. The following evening, 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitzwas was shot in the head and killed on his way home.
Ballistics analysis showed the same weapon was used in both killings, and the suspect’s surveillance video revealed he had a “distinct forward-pointing gait,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
Surveillance footage led to the suspect being named “Duck Walk Killer”, but police were never able to locate the suspect.
Now, the suspect’s walk could apparently be the linking factor between the murders, according to KCRA reports.
California police say ballistic evidence linked at least six murders there, as well as an injury to a seventh person who survived the attack.
At least four of the victims were homeless, according to police. Stockton Police have expanded patrols and are urging homeless people to take shelter at night as they investigate the murders.
According to KCRA, a $125,000 reward was offered for information related to the murders.