Fourth person shot dead in Tampa neighborhood, possibly by serial killer

Tampa police say they are treating a suspicious death in Seminole Heights as related to the Seminole Heights Killer until they know otherwise

The body of an adult male was found in a street in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, just blocks from a memorial honoring the three victims of last month's shootings, WFLA reported. The serial killer has not been caught.

Tampa police said early Tuesday they're investigating a suspicious death in the city's Seminole Heights neighborhood.

It only took police officers one minute to arrive at North Nebraska Avenue and East McBerry Street where they found a body.

They do not know if it is related to the trio of unsolved Seminole Heights murders, but they are treating it as though it is until they know differently. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan believes that the suspect is a resident of the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Spokesman Steve Hegarty said detectives can not immediately say whether the shooting is related to last month's killings when three people were murdered during a 10-day period. They advise residents in the area to stay in their homes as they search for the suspect. Many streets are closed as detectives search for the killer, conduct interviews and gather evidence.

HART says that all Route 9 bus stops on 15th Street from MLK Boulevard to Hillsborough Avenue are temporarily closed due to police activity. Nebraska Avenue is shut down between Hillsborough and Osborne avenues for the investigation.

Schools in Seminole Heights will be open on Tuesday, according to the school district. The three victims, who were killed between October 9-19, didn't know each other.

Two days after Mitchell, 22, was shot, Monica Hoffa, 32, was gunned down. She was shot and killed. Mitchell was shot and later died of the injuries he sustained. They have released surveillance videos of a hooded suspect after the earlier shootings.

The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect now stands at $41,000.

No other details were given.



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