Body found near sites of 3 unsolved Tampa slayings

Frederick Owens
November 15, 2017

Police say they are using a SWAT team and dogs to search a Florida neighborhood for a possible serial killer after a fourth victim was gunned down. Homeless men were targeted in Ft.

Meanwhile, along the streets where police say the serial killer has been hunting victims, schools were put on "lock-in" status, meaning students were unable to leave the buildings for activities until police finished scouring the area for clues.

Police investigate a fatal shooting in the Seminole Heights neighborhood in Tampa on Tuesday. You can subscribe and download the daily podcasts at iTunes and Google Play.

This latest shooting happened just before 5 Caracas Street and Nebraska Avenue.

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The Tampa Bay Times reports that the victim, Felton, was an unemployed construction worker and volunteered several times a week at a food bank near where he was shot and killed.

"I know the big question's gonna be: Is this related to the other Seminole Heights murders?" interim Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said at a news conference.

Felton had been crossing Nebraska Avenue, one of the neighborhood's main north-south thoroughfares, when a man came up behind him and shot him, Dugan said.

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People living in Seminole Heights have been on edge after the murders of three people.

Tampa Police Department Public Information Officer Steve Hegarty told NBC News it is not known if the death is connected to the three October murders, but said it will be treated as such until authorities can rule it out.

A murder on Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., is being treated by police as the latest in a string of killings believed to be carried out by a serial killer. Officers were on scene within one minute, he said, and they have since saturated the area, going door-to-door in search of witnesses and surveillance video.

A man was fatally shot in the head on Tuesday (Nov 14) in Florida in the fourth in a series of unsolved murders in the southern U.S. state.

Police, though they have limited information, described the suspect in Felton's death as having a thin build and wearing a black baseball cap.

No more than a week later, police announced they found the body of 32-year-old Monica Caridad Hoffa near the intersection of East New Orleans Avenue and North 10th Street.

The crime scene is a few blocks away from a memorial that honors three people who were previously shot and killed in Seminole Heights. No further details were immediately released, including whether the person was shot. He said in the last month, the neighborhood adjusted to have the helicopters hovering above them, but this time was different. All were alone and had gotten off a bus when they were gunned downed at night for no apparent reason.

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