TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Police searched a cordoned-off Florida neighborhood Tuesday after a fourth individual was shot lifeless, probably by a serial killer.
Tampa police say residents of the town’s Seminole Heights neighborhood reported listening to photographs simply earlier than 5 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived, they discovered the physique of Ronald Felton, 60, on the street. They are saying Felton had been strolling throughout the road to satisfy somebody when the gunman got here up behind him and fired.
Spokesman Steve Hegarty stated detectives can’t instantly say whether or not Felton’s capturing is said to final month’s 10-day spree the place three individuals have been slain, however officers are treating it like it’s. The earlier three victims have been alone and had gotten off a bus once they have been gunned downed at night time for no obvious purpose. None was robbed.
“This has acquired to cease,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn advised a information convention Tuesday. “We’ll hunt this individual down till we discover him.”
Cynthia Murray advised The Tampa Bay Occasions that Felton had been dwelling together with her close to the capturing scene. She stated Felton was an unemployed development employee who volunteered on the close by meals financial institution run by a church, which is simply ft from the place he was shot. She stated he would go to the church at 2:30 a.m. to assist.
Police urged Seminole Heights residents to remain inside Tuesday as they searched the world, which they sealed off shortly after the capturing. They stated they’re on the lookout for a skinny black man, about 6-ft tall, sporting black clothes and carrying a big handgun. They’re asking residents to look at video from any safety cameras they’ve.
Hegarty stated the suspect couldn’t have “gone very far, and we’re speaking to as many individuals as we will to see what they could have seen.”
Robert Clark informed the Occasions he was in a close-by Laundromat together with his girlfriend when he heard 5 photographs, turned and noticed a person run previous. He stated he went outdoors and noticed Felton’s physique.
After the sooner shootings, police elevated patrols within the neighborhood and launched surveillance movies of a hooded suspect. In a safety video taken moments after Benjamin Mitchell turned the primary sufferer on Oct. 9, the suspect is operating from the scene.
“I’ve provide you with 4 explanation why this individual is operating,” Police Chief Brian Dugan stated final month. “One, they could be late for dinner. Two, they’re out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots. And quantity 4, they only murdered Benjamin Mitchell.”
Two days after Mitchell, 22, was shot,…