STOCKTON, Calif. — Stockton police now say there is no connection between the possible serial killer investigation in Stockton and Chicago's so-called "Duck Walk Killer” case.
Police in both states said previously they were looking into a link between the 2018 killings in Chicago and possible serial killings in Stockton and Oakland. Chicago's “Duck Walk Killer” was responsible for killing two men just days apart in Northside Rogers Park in 2018.
The Stockton Police Department said as part of their investigation they reached out to numerous law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation.
The Chicago Police Department's “Duck Walk Killer” caught their eye because of the suspect's unique stride garnering the name. Stockton Police said they did their due diligence by reaching out after seeing a video of the suspect.
“At this time though, we do not have anything linking the two investigations," said Stockton Police spokesperson Joe Silva.
ABC10 also reached out to the Chicago Police Department and they provided this statement:
"We are aware of the Stockton Police Department investigations and are in contact with their detectives. At this time, we do not believe there is a link in these investigations."
Why did police think the cases could be connected?
There were many similarities between the cases in Chicago and Stockton.
All the victims were alone when the shooting occurred. In Chicago, the victims were approached from behind and shot in the head, according to ABC7 in Chicago. In Chicago, the alleged killer wore all black and a face covering.
The two victims in Chicago were men and so are most of the victims in California.
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