Rogers Park man, 73, shot to death while walking dogs

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Police said a 73-year-old man was shot to death as he walked his dogs in Rogers Park on Sunday morning. No one is in custody. Police said robbery may be a motive for the attack.

The man, identified by a neighbor as Willard Douglass Watts, was walking his dogs just after 10 a.m. when he suffered a single gunshot wound to his head in the 1400 block of West Sherwin, two doors down from his own home, according to police and public records. Watts was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses reported seeing a masked man wearing all black running southbound near a set of train tracks moments after the shooting. The suspect was described as black, 5’8” to 5’10” tall and 170 pounds.

One shell casing was found at the murder scene. Watts’ dogs were briefly cared for by Chicago police and have since been returned to family members.

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