Seminole Heights shooting death possibly connected to October murders

Tampa PD warns Seminole Heights residents to stay inside after body found in street

Police responded to a report about shots fired just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of N. Nebraska Avenue and E. McBerry Street.

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. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan believes that the suspect is a resident of the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

"We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked", said Dugan during a news conference on Tuesday morning. Police want residents to stay inside their homes. Forensic evidence is being collected.

"We believe he may have seen something or heard something that could assist us in this investigation", Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said on October 26.

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

"Here we go, right back into some of the craziness that we have been dealing with before", Zinder said, but also advised his neighbors to stay indoors during the search.

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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.

It's not known if Tuesday's homicide is connected to the three October murders, but a Tampa police spokesman told NBC News it will be treated that way until it is ruled out.

- Another death occurred in southeast Seminole Heights, and police are actively searching for the suspect.

Currently, authorities are offering a $41,000 reward for anyone who has information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

Tampa police and elected leaders hit the sidewalks to show their commitment to the neighborhood not long after the first murder.

Anyone who may have any information, should call the Tampa Police at 813.231.6130.

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