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Florida police suspect same killer in 4 slayings

Florida police suspect same killer in 4 slayings

Police investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Tuesday.

Seminole Heights is a working-class neighborhood northeast of downtown Tampa that's slowly becoming gentrified.

The body was found blocks away from the scenes of three recent unsolved murders in the neighborhood. All three were alone and had gotten off a bus when they were gunned downed at night for no apparent reason.

Police fear a suspected serial killer has claimed his fourth victim.

But a week went by without incident.

"This has got to stop", Mayor Bob Buckhorn said at the new conference to the Tampa Bay Times.

Even as police tried to determine whether they had a serial killer on their hands, daily life in Seminole Heights marched on. "And right now we are treating it as though it is related until we can rule otherwise". It's believed Felton was crossing the street to meet with someone when a suspect came up from behind and shot him, Dugan said. The description appears to match a person of interest that was captured on surveillance video released by police late last month. He was last seen wearing an all black with a baseball cap and was armed with a large black pistol.

"This was a very decent neighborhood until the last couple of months", sighed Sherry Street, 50, a cook who has lived in the area for seven years.

The man is dead and police are calling the incident suspicious.

Mitchell, the first victim, was killed on October 9 while waiting at a bus stop near the intersection of North 15th Street and East Frierson Avenue.

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Anthony Naiboa, 20, Monica Hoffa, 32, and Benjamin Mitchell have all been killed days apart.

It's been a hard three weeks for HART bus riders in Seminole Heights.

"At 7 o'clock you can come out this door and you won't hear a sound", she said.

The common thread was the Route 9 bus, which meanders on a north-south path from the University of South Florida to downtown Tampa.

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

Fifer said his dog's incessant barking woke him up around 5 a.m. Tuesday, as police cars and helicopters converged on the neighborhood.

"We need everyone's cooperation and for everyone to pay attention", he said during a press conference. "It's unnerving", said Fifer, 55.

Together, those bus restrictions have put a strain on Seminole Heights bus riders who have no other means of transportation. "We hope to catch him before he gets outside the area".

Now he worries that the new businesses that have opened in Seminole Heights in the past few years will suffer because the killings are having a chilling effect. "And we will hunt this person down until we find them".