The man “killed in cold blood” on a Tampa, Florida, street early this morning had been shot from behind in a case authorities say may be related to a string of unsolved slayings that has left a community on edge.
“This has got to stop,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said today in an emotional plea at a news conference. “We will hunt this person down until we find them.”
Police are investigating the slaying in the beleaguered Seminole Heights neighborhood where three people were shot to death in a span of 11 days in October.
“We are treating it as although it is related until we rule otherwise,” interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters this morning.
Authorities have identified the latest victim as Ronald Felton, 60, who was supposed to “meet up with someone” when he was apparently targeted and killed, Dugan said.
“Someone came up from behind and shot him,” he said. “And he was left [on] the street.”