Police scour Tampa neighborhood after 4th fatal shooting

By: Jason Kelly

Updated:

TAMPA, Fla. - A man's body was found early Tuesday in Tampa's historic Seminole Heights neighborhood, blocks away from where three people were recently killed, the Tampa Police Department said.

Police said the body was found shortly before 5 a.m. near North Nebraska Avenue and East McBerry Street.

Investigators said Ronald Felton, 60, appears to have died from a gunshot wound. Investigators said he was walking across the street to volunteer at a food bank at the church.

Read: Photos of serial killer Ted Bundy found in old Colorado safe

"We will hunt this person down until we find him," Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during a news conference.

The reward is up to $91,000 for information on finding the killer.

Community members came together Tuesday night looking for answers from Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan.

His description of the situation was dire.

Watch: Surveillance footage of possible suspect in Tampa homicides

"I'm not trying to create a panic," Dugan said. "I'm trying to make public awareness."

Felton spoke to his brother just moments before he was shot and killed, Dugan said.

"He hangs up the phone with his brother, and moments later, he's murdered in the middle of the street," Dugan said. "That's the reality that we're dealing with right now."

Read: Community in fear of possible serial killer after Tampa slayings

WFTS
WFTS

Read: Tampa neighborhood fears serial killer after 3 killings

Investigators said they're looking for a black man with a light complexion. They said he's 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall with a thin build. He was last seen wearing all-black clothing and a baseball cap and was armed with a large black pistol.

Police believe the gunman lives or is staying in the immediate area.

Felton's shooting death comes weeks after three people were fatally shot in 10 days within a 1-mile radius.

Photos: Women on Florida's death row


Watch the Tampa police chief's news conference below:


Photos: Death row inmates convicted in Orange County

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.

The three victims didn't know one another, but each person rode the bus and was alone when they were shot on the street. No one was robbed.

Until they can rule it out, police said they're investigating Tuesday's shooting death as one connected with the neighborhood's previous killings.

Photos: Death row inmates sentenced in Seminole County

Nearby residents were asked to remain in their homes, and bus service was temporarily suspended in the area.

"We have kids around here. We can't sit at the bus stop or go to work. Gotta always be on edge," Joshavian Pasco said.

Residents who own guns were asked to ensure their weapons are secure.

"For the men and women of the Tampa Police Department, this is personal," Dugan said. "They're not going to stop. They haven't stopped for a month. We have saturated this area with police officers, and we will continue to do this."

Watch: Tampa police chief gives update on 4th fatal shooting in Seminole Heights

Next Up: