Possible serial killer may have struck again overnight in Tampa, police say

Sergio Conner
November 14, 2017

Tampa police officers are asking Seminole Heights residents to stay inside after the body of an adult male was found in a street early Tuesday morning.

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.

A 911 call reporting shots fired in the area came in around 4:51 a.m., according to WFLA News Channel 8.

Police said they believe the killer was still in the area, and asked residents to stay in their homes while they conducted a search.

"I spoke with a woman who told me the man killed in Seminole Heights regularly helps with homeless outreach, and was out early to get set up", tweeted Meredyth Censullo‏ of WFLA.

On Oct. 9, Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot in Seminole Heights while waiting for a bus.

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

Investigators have not said what evidence ties the three initial crimes together, or whether they have forensics that show the same weapon was used in all of them.

Police have sealed off a neighborhood where a fourth person has been shot to death, possibly by a serial killer.

Police have been heavily patrolling the area since the investigations began.

Police have released video of a person of interest running during the night of the first murder.

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

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