Po­lice hunt killer af­ter 4th slay­ing in Tampa

Houston Chronicle - - NATION -

TAMPA, Fla. — Po­lice and fed­eral agents 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 nor­mally quiet Semi­nole Heights sec­tion of bun­ga­lows was sealed off with yel­low crimescene tape af­ter the lat­est killing in the neigh­bor­hood — that of a 60-yearold man who was shot from be­hind as he crossed a street shortly af­ter 5 a.m.

In­terim Tampa Po­lice Chief Brian Du­gan said it is ex­tremely pos­si­ble that the killer — or killers — live in the neigh­bor­hood.

“Who­ever is do­ing it, they’re fa­mil­iar with the neigh­bor­hood and they’re able to van­ish very quickly,” Du­gan said.

Res­i­dents and po­lice have been on edge since Oct. 9, when 22-year-old Ben­jamin Mitchell was shot to death. Two days later, 32-year-old Mon­ica Hoffa, was slain. And on Oct. 19, An­thony Nai­boa, 20, was killed.

On Tues­day, Ron­ald Fel­ton, an un­em­ployed con­struc­tion worker who vol­un­teered at a food bank, was gunned down.

Po­lice gained a bet­ter de­scrip­tion of the sus­pect, say­ing a wit­ness de­scribed him as a black male, 6 feet to 6-foot-2, with a thin build and light com­plex­ion. He had a large black pis­tol and was last seen all in black.

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