A Tampa neighborhood including children on the way to school bus stops were asked to shelter in place Tuesday morning when another body was found near the area where three people were killed last month. The latest murder has residents and law enforcement fearful that a serial killer is stalking Seminole Heights.
In mid-October, three people were shot and killed within a ten-day period and an area of about one-half mile.
Tampa Police say they’re investigating this morning’s suspicious death in the Seminole Heights neighborhood as if it is connected to the other three, until they have reason not to.
Officers are going door-to-door to search for a suspect and potential witnesses, according to FOX13 Tampa.
A report of shots fired came into the Police department around 4:51 a.m. Officers responded within a minute and discovered the body of Ronald Felton, 60, in the street, interim Police Chief Brian Dugan said.
Dugan said the suspect is described as a black male, thin build, he was dressed in black and wearing a baseball cap.
Dugan believes the killer lives in the neighborhood and asked all residents pay attention.
The police have not released all of the details, but acknowledged that this shooting did have similarities to the other killings.
“We need to catch this killer before we have to notify one more family that one of their loved ones is dead.”
Dugan asked residents to report anything that seems suspicious and be cautious when looking through the are.
He also stated that owners of firearms need to verify that their weapons are where they are supposed to be. Dugan asked anyone who could locate their gun(s) to contact the police.
Hillsborough County district officials instructed students within the search perimeter to stay home. Other Hillsborough County schools are open.
“Do not go to bus stops or leave to walk or drive to school until police secure the area,” posted to Twitter.
Law enforcement presence has been increased in Seminole Heights.
Two common threads with all four victims are that they were each alone during the murders and they each rode a bus before they were killed.
In October, Mayor Buckhorn instructed police officers to hunt down the killer and “bring his head to me.”