TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A police SWAT workforce and canine searched a blockaded Florida neighborhood for a attainable serial killer Tuesday after a fourth individual was shot lifeless for no obvious cause.
Residents of the Seminole Heights neighborhood reported listening to photographs simply earlier than 5 a.m. Tuesday. Officers shortly moved in, and located the physique of Ronald Felton, 60, who had been strolling throughout the road when a gunman got here up behind him and fired, interim Police Chief Brian Dugan stated.
“Our officers responded inside seconds,” Dugan stated, enabling them to shortly arrange a fringe.
“I consider that this individual lives on this neighborhood,” Dugan added as he spoke with reporters on the scene. “And we’d like everybody’s cooperation; we’d like everybody to concentrate to what’s been happening.”
Dugan stated that till his detectives can decide in any other case, Felton’s capturing will probably be handled as if it’s associated to final month’s 10-day spree the place three individuals have been slain. The earlier three victims have been alone and had gotten off a bus within the neighborhood once they have been gunned downed at night time. None was robbed.
“This has acquired to cease,” Mayor Bob Buckhorn advised a information convention on 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.
“He didn’t want to return right here each week however he beloved it,” she stated about Felton’s volunteer work. She stated Felton and his twin brother Reggie have been well-known within the space.
“He was the sweetest individual, by no means any issues,” his cousin, Linda Daniels, advised the paper.
Police urged Seminole Heights residents to remain inside Tuesday as they searched the world with Okay-9 models and a SWAT staff. They stated they’re in search of 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.” Seminole Heights is a working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Tampa that’s slowly turning into gentrified. Run-down houses sit subsequent to renovated, historic bungalows, and…