Serial killer on the loose in Tampa, police looking for Black suspect

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Tampa Police say they immediately set up a perimeter Tuesday morning around the Seminole Heights neighborhood after finding the body of 60-year-old Ronald Felton. He is described as a thin 6-foot to 6-foot-2 black male with light complexion.

"We have very limited evidence", interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a news conference Wednesday.

Not long before that, security cameras in the neighborhood captured the suspect walking alone, in video that looks very similar to surveillance footage of a man walking through the same neighborhood October 9, right before 22-year-old college student Benjamin Mitchel was shot and killed.

"We originally called him someone we wanted to talk to, then he became a person of interest, today he is a suspect", Dugan said.

Police have said there is no apparent link between the victims other than that each was out walking alone in the dark in the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Dugan also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation added $50,000 to the reward for information leading to the suspect, which combined with other rewards totals $91,000.

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Reginald Felton, his twin brother, said he urged Ronald not to go into the neighborhood at that time of day because of the other killings. Police say victims were random and the suspect should be considered a serial killer.

They say Felton was crossing the street to meet someone when a gunman came up behind him and shot him. He was last seen wearing all black with a baseball cap on, and was armed with a large black pistol. Felton was volunteering at a church food bank and was shot in the back as he crossed Nebraska Avenue. "When I spoke to her, she said if our officer had been five seconds earlier, he would have been able to stop it", he said. The mayor said the city had cut undergrowth, cleared alleys and added street lights to the area. They have released surveillance videos of a hooded suspect after the earlier shootings. "We need someone who is thoughtful, cares, and has the heart and the fortitude and the bravery to step forward and tell us who this person is and give us the identity". He was shot and killed steps from his home while waiting for a bus at North 15th Street at Frierson Avenue on October 9.

Two days after Mitchell, 22, was shot, Monica Hoffa, 32, was gunned down.

The killer might also be linked to two other deaths - Monica Hoffa, 32, on October 11 and Anthony Naiboa, 20, on October 19.

Two days later, Monica Hoffa (left) was also shot after getting off a bus. "Look at what you're taking away from this world: people that were going to flourish and be something about themselves, or were helping people or were doing things for this world".

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