Florida police suspect same killer in 4 slayings

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He was the fourth person shot dead in Seminole Heights in about a month, but those who knew Ronald Felton remember him as someone who lived to help others.

A body has been found in a Florida neighborhood where three other people have died in apparently random shootings.

Police arrived about a minute of the 911 call reporting shots fired in the area.

But a week went by without incident.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn urged people with information to come forward and share with the police. District officials said schools within the area are open today, but Edison Elementary spent the day under a precautionary "lock-in", meaning access was tightly controlled and outdoor activities were cancelled.

The normally quiet, working-class Seminole Heights section of bungalows and palm trees was sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape after the latest killing in the neighborhood - that of a 60-year-old man who was shot from behind as he crossed a street shortly after 5 a.m.

The killings in the central Tampa neighborhood appear to be random, police said. "And right now we are treating it as though it is related until we can rule otherwise". Witnesses told police that Mr. Felton was crossing the street to meet someone when the suspect came up behind him and shot him.

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Unlike in the three earlier killings, this time, police had a description of the suspect: a black male with a light complexion, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build. He was wearing black clothing and was armed with a large black pistol, police said. "I believe this person lives in this neighborhood", said Dugan.

"We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked", said Dugan during a news conference on Tuesday morning.

On Oct. 13, victim Monica Hoffa, 32, was found in a vacant lot in the 1000 block of New Orleans Avenue.

The three earlier victims were shot for no apparent reason after getting off a bus alone. According to his father, Naiboa, who has a mild form of autism, had probably gotten on a different bus after his usual route was shut down and was unfamiliar with Seminole Heights.

He said: 'All you're doing is protecting a killer. In a security video taken moments after Benjamin Mitchell became the first victim on October 9, the suspect is running from the scene.

Any Seminole Heights resident who owns a gun should also verify its location.

Police were using a SWAT team and dogs to search Southeast Seminole Heights house by house. "It does affect your thinking". "We have certainly some of your inner-city challenges with interesting people, but I've always described Seminole Heights as a big small town in the middle of the city".

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