Body found in Tampa neighborhood near recent string of shooting deaths


Body found in Tampa neighborhood near recent string of shooting deaths

Spokesman Steve Hegarty said detectives can not immediately say whether the shooting is related to last month's killings when three people were murdered during a 10-day period. All were alone and had gotten off a bus when they were gunned downed at night for no apparent reason.

- A shooting investigation is underway in Seminole Heights, police said, where one person was found dead.

A body was found early Tuesday in a Florida neighborhood where three other people have died in apparently random shootings.

Police responded to a report about shots fired just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of N. Nebraska Avenue and E. McBerry Street. "The suspect is described as a black male, 6' to 6'2" in height, thin build, light complexion, dressed in all black, armed with a large black pistol and was wearing a black baseball cap. They are asking residents to examine video from any security cameras they have.

They do not know if it is related to the trio of unsolved Seminole Heights murders, but they are treating it as though it is until they know differently.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said the victim, 60-year-old Ronald Felton, was crossing Nebraska Avenue near Wilder Avenue to meet someone. Two, they're out exercising.

It's not known if Tuesday's homicide is connected to the three October murders, but a Tampa police spokesman told NBC News it will be treated that way until it is ruled out.

Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was killed Oct. 9; Monica Hoffa, 32, was killed in a vacant lot Oct. 11; and Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot and killed Oct. 19.

"We are going to stay on this until they catch this guy", said Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn.

People living in Seminole Heights have been on edge after the murders of three people. Run-down homes sit next to renovated, historic bungalows, and trendy restaurants have sprung up near auto body shops.