SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, Fla. – One person was found dead by Tampa Police Tuesday morning in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa after police received a call reporting shots fired at approximately 4:51 a.m.
Ronald Felton, 60, was reportedly gunned down from behind while crossing Nebraska Avenue, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a press conference Tuesday morning.
Police responded within approximately one minute of the call, Tampa Police spokesman Stephen Hegarty said.
When police arrived, they found Felton dead on North Nebraska Avenue in between East Caracas Street and East Wilder Avenue.
According to Hegarty, police are treating this as related to the three previous murders, which are believed to have been potentially committed by a serial killer in the area.
The suspect is a black male, approximately 6′ to 6’2″ tall, thin, with a light complexion, who was dressed in all black and wearing a baseball cap, Dugan said.
Hegarty says police are urging residents to stay indoors this morning.
“We’re just asking people to stay indoors in this immediate area, because this happened not that long ago, there’s going to be a suspect in the area, and we hope to catch him before he gets outside of the area,” Hegarty said.
Prior to this, three people were shot and killed last month while walking alone in the historic neighborhood from Oct. 9 through Oct. 19.