4th person shot dead in Tampa in possible serial spree

Potential Fourth Victim of Tampa Serial Killer Found, Police Say

Ronald Felton, 60, was shot from behind only blocks away from a memorial honouring three people killed over a fortnight in Seminole Heights, Tampa.

Officials said officers were patrolling the neighborhood when a 911 call came in of shots fired around 4:51 a.m.

Residents within the police perimeter - Osborne Avenue to Hillsborough and Nebraska Avenues to 15th Street - are asked to stay in their homes and keep their children home from school until an "all clear" is given.

The most recent death is being treated as related to the other three murders, which remain unsolved, police said.

On Oct. 19, 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, who had autism, was shot and killed just 50 ft. away from where Mitchell had been slain.

Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot to death October 19 after he accidentally got on the wrong bus after leaving work and ended up in the neighborhood by mistake, police said.

"We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked", Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a Tuesday news conference. "We will hunt this person down until we find them".

"He was an outgoing person, everyone loves him".

Police said so far they've gotten about 300 tips.

Seminole Heights is a working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Tampa that's slowly becoming gentrified. And on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot after taking the wrong bus home from his new job.

Two days after Mitchell was shot, Monica Hoffa, 32, was gunned down.

Police have described the suspect as a thin black male, dressed in all black and wearing a black baseball cap.

Last week, in a separate case, police arrested a 22-year-old man suspected of killing three homeless men in and around Fort Lauderdale on Florida's Atlantic coast. Fifer said. "We're a very resilient group of people in this neighborhood, but it is really uncomfortable that some of our progress is being threatened by this".

The Seminole Heights neighborhood has seen an increased police activity since the October 9 shooting death of 22-year-old Benjamin Edward Mitchell. Two, they're out exercising.

"It brings back dark memories", said Naiboa, 50. Run-down homes sit next to renovated, historic bungalows, and trendy restaurants have sprung up near auto body shops.

Police have told him they hope the killer makes a mistake.

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