Florida authorities believe a serial killer is targeting random people in the Tampa area.
A murder in southeast Seminole Heights Tuesday morning is the latest in a string of killings and had the whole area on lockdown, Fox 13 reported.
Ronald Felton, 60, was crossing the street to meet someone when the suspect walked up and fatally shot him from behind, according to Tampa Police Chief Brain Dugan.
ANOTHER shooting in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood this morning has officers telling neighbors to stay indoors, kids at home until given the all clear. This is same neighborhood where there are 3 unsolved murders and suspicion of a serial killer at work. pic.twitter.com/rnumaWruKK
— Letisha Bereola (@LetishaANjax) November 14, 2017
Dugan said after a preliminary investigation he feels safe connecting Tuesday’s early morning murder to three unsolved murders from last month, Fox 13 reported.
Police believe the suspect lives in, or around the Seminole Heights area, and have urged residents to be on high alert. Local residents were told to stay in their homes and children were told not to go to their bus stops as police search for the suspect.
Schools in #SeminoleHeights are open today. Students who live inside the @TampaPD perimeter of Hillsborough Av, Nebraska Av, Chelsea St & 15th St. should stay in your homes. Do not go to bus stops or leave to walk or drive to school until police secure the area.
— Hillsborough Schools (@HillsboroughSch) November 14, 2017
“We need everyone’s cooperation and for everyone to pay attention,” Dugan urged residents in an early morning press conference.
“Police officers are all over the place,” Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said. “We hope to catch him before he gets outside the area.”
Fox News Channel also released footage believed to show the suspect in surveillance video:
Last month, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn vowed to catch the killer and told police “bring his head to me.”
“We’re going to hunt this son of a b—- down until we catch him, and it’s gonna be you guys, it’s gonna be great police work doing what you guys do every day,” Buckhorn told officers before they set out on patrol in late October, Fox reported.
But so far, the suspect has remained elusive and residents are reeling from this morning’s murder after a brief respite from last month’s killing spree.
“Here we go right back into some of the craziness that we have been dealing with before,” neighborhood association president Steve Zinder told Fox 13.
“They were much lower, much more concentrated, so I knew something was going on,” Zinder said. “This is not the kind of news we wanted to wake up to this morning.”
Below Mayor Buckhorn talks to WFLA in October, vowing “evil” will not win.
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