UPDATE Nov. 28, 2017: Police in Tampa said they plan to charge a man who was detained at a McDonald's with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with a series of shooting deaths that authorities had said could be the work of a serial killer.
TAMPA, Fla. -- (WFLA/WBBH) -- Tampa police say a witness was able to provide a description of a man believed to be the Seminole Heights killer shortly after the body of an adult male was found in a Seminole Heights street early Tuesday morning.
The crime scene is a few blocks away from a memorial that honors three people who were shot and killed in Seminole Heights. The murderer has not been caught.
At 4:51 a.m. on Tuesday, Tampa police officers responded to North Nebraska Ave and East McBerry Street after receiving a report of shots heard in the area.
Officers arrived on-scene within seconds and found an adult male, later identified as Ronald Felton, 60, deceased in the street. Witnesses tell police that Mr. Felton was crossing the street to meet someone when the suspect came up behind him and shot him.
Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said police are treating the case as if it is linked to three previous murders in Seminole Heights.
“We think by their proximity and the manner it was done, they are linked,” said Dugan during a news conference on Tuesday morning. “We’re saying it’s related to the other Seminole Heights murders.”
The suspect is described as a black male, 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and has a thin build and a light complexion. He was armed with a large black pistol and was last seen wearing all black clothing.
Police believe the murderer is still in the area. Police want residents to stay inside their homes.