For the last two weeks, one suburban neighborhood has been the target of what police now believe to be a serial killer. The killer is shooting seemingly random people late at night. Police in the area have increased patrols and are hyper vigilant, yet the killer has managed to allude them–even when they’ve heard the gunshots.
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The incident in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Florida, began on October 9. Benjamin Edward Mitchell, 22, was found near a bus stop and died from his wounds while being treated at the local hospital.
Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was found dead on October 13, in a vacant lot. Authorities believe she had been dead for at least two days.
This past Thursday night, police heard gunshots. When they arrived on the scene, they found the latest victim, Anthony Naiboa, 20, who, as the Daily Mail reports, “had gotten off the bus at the wrong stop on his way home from work and was walking to a different bus stop.”
All three murders happened within a few blocks of each other.
“Enough is enough,” Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a press conference. “I don’t know what your motive is. I don’t know what your problem is. There’s been enough carnage. You have severely affected some families.”
Police have now posted a video of a potential suspect. Their belief that the three killings are linked has led them to seek the assistance of the FBI, also.
Links between the three victims continue to allude the investigators. Though all three are connected to the neighborhood, and take the bus, none have criminal records. They aren’t believed to have known one another.
“You can imagine the frustration of these officers to hear gunshots and not be able to find this person,” Dugan added.
“This is, you know, very frustrating,” Dugan said. “I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.”
Despite the nature of the threat, Dugan has asked for the community to remain vigilant and not give in to the fear that has gripped many of them.
“Do cookouts. Walk your dog,” he said. “We’re not going to be held hostage by whoever’s doing this.”