CHICAGO — Lyft is offering discounts to Rogers Park residents wary of walking in the neighborhood as police hunt an alleged spree killer.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th) announced discount cards will be available for Rogers Park residents starting Thursday morning. The cards will give users half off two rides within the Rogers Park area and will be good until the suspected killer is caught or until the end of October, depending on which happens first.
The killer gunned down two men — 24-year-old Eliyahu Moscowitz and Douglass Watts, 73 — execution-style during separate slayings last week. Investigators think he lives in the community and have said they could not find an “obvious motive” in the two connected killings.
Investigators released images and videos of a man they believe is behind the shootings, but he has not been taken into custody. The shootings have left the community shaken.
“The last 10 days have been scary for all of us, making many of us wary to venture outside,” Moore wrote in a newsletter to residents.
That wariness has hurt area businesses, which have seen “a real drop in customers” since the shootings, Moore wrote. Business owners came to Moore to see if they could work out a way for Rogers Park residents to travel safely until the killer is caught, and Lyft set up the discount to help.
“Hopefully, this generous offer from Lyft will provide a measure of comfort to residents who have been hesitant to venture out these last few days,” Moore wrote. “And hopefully, it will provide a shot in the arm for our local businesses who have taken an economic hit since the shootings occurred.”
The discount cards will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview Ave. Residents can also have a card mailed to their homes at no expense if they email the alderman’s office.
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