A body was found early Tuesday in a Florida neighborhood where three other people have died in apparently random shootings.
Tampa police said they’re investigating a suspicious death in the city’s Seminole Heights neighborhood, where residents have feared they are being stalked by a serial killer.
Residents heard gunshots at 4:51am and called 911. Officers were already patrolling in the area so they were able to get to the scene within seconds, where they found a deceased adult male.
At an 8am press conference, cops identified the victim as 60-year-old Ronald Felton.
Police said he was crossing the street at Nebraska and and Wilder to meet with a friend when a man dressed in all black came up behind him and shot him.
A reporter for WFLA spoke with a woman who said that Felton was on his way to work with the homeless.
Police believe the killer may still be in the area so they’re ordering everyone in a 1.5 by 1-mile area to stay indoors until an all-clear is given.
A body was found early Tuesday in a Florida neighborhood where three other people have died in apparently random shootings
Above, police cover up the body after it was discovered early Tuesday morning
Residents in the Seminole Heights neighborhood believe they are being targeted by a serial killer. Last month, three people were shot dead in a 10-day period
Police have told people living in this area to stay inside while they hunt for the killer. An all-clear will be given when it’s safe to leave their homes again
‘We want to talk with as many people as we can, we don’t think whoever did this has gone very far at this point,’ Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty told reporters this morning.
Police are asking residents to call in with any bit of information they may have on the killer. They’re also asking residents to check their gun safes to make sure their guns are all accounted for. If they are not, they are to immediately call the police.
It’s believed the killer may be a resident in the murder-ravaged neighborhood.
Witnesses said they saw a black man in his early 20s wearing a dark hooded jacket fleeing the area after the fatal attack.
‘We will hunt this person down until we find them,’ Mayor Bob Buckhorn said Tuesday morning.
Three people were fatally shot in the neighborhood during a 10-day span last month, leading to increased police patrols. All were alone and had gotten off a bus when they were gunned downed at night for no apparent reason. None were robbed.
Benjamin Mitchell (pictured) was the first victim of the serial killer. He was gunned down on October 9, moments after getting off a bus
Police released this footage of the suspect believed to have killed Mitchell in October
Two days later, Monica Hoffa (left) was also shot after getting off a bus. On October 22, Anthony Naiboa, 20 (right), was shot after taking the wrong bus home from his new job
Police say they are investigating the shooting as being related to the Seminole Heights Killer until they learn otherwise.
Police have released surveillance videos of a hooded suspect from a prior shooting. In a security video taken moments after Benjamin Mitchell became the first victim on October 9, the suspect is running from the scene.
‘I’ve come up with four reasons why this person is running,’ Police Chief Brian Dugan said last month. ‘One, they may be late for dinner. Two, they’re out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots. And number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell.’
Two days after Mitchell, 22, was shot, Monica Hoffa, 32, was gunned down. And on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot after taking the wrong bus home from his new job. Police patrolling nearby heard the gunshots and rushed to the scene to find Naiboa dead.
A makeshift memorial for victim Anthony Naiboa is seen above on October 24
Mayor Buckhorn told officers at a briefing last month to hunt the suspect down and ‘bring his head to me.’
Seminole Heights is a working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Tampa that’s slowly becoming gentrified. Run-down homes sit next to renovated, historic bungalows, and trendy restaurants have sprung up near auto body shops.
Residents and business owners have said there are car burglaries and fights between kids, but nothing like this.
A reward of $41,000 is being offered for information leading to the killer’s arrest.