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Body found in Tampa neighborhood where 3 have been slain

Body found in Tampa neighborhood where 3 have been slain

Police have been boosting patrols in the area. When they arrived on scene, they found a deceased adult male in the street. Police have not identified the victim.

The victim, 60-year-old Ronald Felton, was crossing the street when someone came up from behind and shot him, police said. "They believe he is approximately 6' to 6'2" tall, with a thin build. He was armed with a large black pistol and was last seen wearing all black clothing. School district officials said schools within the area are open today, but tells students to stay home and do not go to the bus stops until police secure the area.

"We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked", said Dugan during a news conference on Tuesday morning. Forensic evidence is also still being collected. "And number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell".

Avoid this area of SE #SeminoleHeights this AM because of shooting.

The body was found blocks away from the scenes of three recent unsolved murders in the neighborhood.

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




Hegarty said that streets will remain closed for several hours.

Last week, Seminole Heights residents returned to some normalcy following last month's murders with a "Taste of the Heights" celebration.

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

Officers have saturated the area, and will be going door-to-door looking for witnesses as well.

The killings began on October 9, when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was shot and killed in front of his home, CNN reported.

Chief Dugan is asking residents who own guns to go in their homes and verify that their guns are still there, insinuating that the suspect may have stolen any weapons used in the killings.