Tampa, FL- According to local police, a body was found at North Nebraska Avenue and East Merry Street early Tuesday morning. Police received reports that shots were fired around 5 a.m., according to Tampa Police spokesperson Steven Hegarty.
Police responded to the area within one minute and found a man shot to death in the middle of Nebraska Ave. The victim has been identified as Ronald Felton, 60.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said the victim was crossing Nebraska Avenue when someone came up behind him and shot him. Dugan described the possible suspect as a black man with a thin build who was dressed in all black and wearing a baseball cap.
There has been a large police response to this incident due to the three recent murders in the same area. Police are searching the area on foot, searching yards with police dogs and going door-to-door. Police helicopters also are in the area.
Officers also are asking any residents who may have seen anything in the area overnight or have home surveillance cameras to contact them at (813) 231-6130.
“We need everyone’s cooperation,” Dugan said. “The neighborhood has been very engaged and extremely helpful (during the investigation). We need to talk to everyone.”
“We don’t know if this is related to the other shootings,” Hegarty said. “But we’re treating it as if it is.”
Police are asking neighbors to remain in their homes.
Three people were shot and killed in the Seminole Heights area within 10 days in October. Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was killed on Oct. 9. Two days later, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa was killed in a vacant lot. Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot and killed Oct. 19.
Police are still following leads, but have no suspects in these cases.