Over the last two weeks in Tampa, Florida, three people were found murdered in the same neighborhood, under similar circumstances, leaving police to question whether the crimes are the work of a serial killer.
According to NBC News: The only thing connecting the crimes so far, officials said, are that they happened in the same neighborhood, and the victims shot were with a firearm when alone at night.
Officials are still searching for leads and do not yet have a motive for the killings, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a press conference Friday. When asked if he thought the murders could point to a possible serial killer, he said it was clear that the murders were linked.
“There’s proximity and time frame, they’re related, no doubt,” he said. “We are still sifting through evidence. We can call it what we want if it brings attention to this.”
Police are asking residents to remain vigilant. “We need everyone to come out at night, turn on their porch lights and just not tolerate this type of terrorism in a neighborhood,” Dugan said.
The police believe the first victim was Benjamin Mitchell, 22. He was shot and killed on Oct. 9 while waiting for a bus.
The second victim was Monica Hoffa, 32, found dead in a vacant lot on Oct. 11.
The third victim, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was found on Friday but police say he was killed on Thursday, after he accidentally took the wrong bus from work.
All three homicides took place within a mile radius.
Surveillance video released by police shows a man walking through the streets wearing a hooded shirt. They believe the man may be the suspect.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 20, 2017
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