4th victim slain, police hunting shooter
TAMPA, Fla. — Police and federal agents armed with rifles checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence in a Tampa neighborhood Tuesday as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for gunning down four people for no apparent reason in just over a month.
The Seminole Heights section was sealed off with yellow crime-scene tape after the latest killing in the neighborhood — that of a 60-year-old man, Ronald Felton, who was shot from behind as he crossed a street shortly after 5 a.m.
Residents and police have been on edge since Oct. 9, when a 22-year-old man was shot to death. That was followed by a second killing two days later and a third on Oct. 19.
All of October’s victims were either getting on or off a city bus, or were at a bus stop, when they were shot, police said.
Police said a witness described the shooter as a black man, about 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a thin build and light complexion. He had a large black pistol and was last seen wearing black clothing.
An FBI unit helps investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.