Police hunt killer after 4th slaying in Tampa
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.