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Three people were shot and killed within 10 days, officials say, and they believe the murders — all within a mile of each other — may have been committed by a serial killer.
According to Tampa police, though the victims did not appear to know one another, detectives are certain the deaths are connected. As a result, authorities are asking that people living in the Seminole Heights neighborhood don’t walk alone at night.
“We have someone who’s terrorizing the neighborhood,” Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said at a press conference Friday.
Anthony Naiboa was the most recent target. The 20-year-old man with autism got on the wrong bus Thursday night before he was shot without an apparent motive, police said.
His body was found near the intersection of 15th Street N. and E. Frierson Avenue, just 200 yards from where he left the bus and began walking, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Prior to Naiboa, 22-year-old Benjamin Edward Mitchell and 32-year-old Monica Caridad Hoffa were found shot to death. Police said the killings are all connected by proximity and time-frame; the three shootings happened within a mile of eachother.
So far there is no suspect or motive, according to officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigations, which is working the case alongside Tampa police.
In response to the murders Friday night, residents flooded the streets chanting “Whose streets? Our streets! according to CBS News.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Police is asking that anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.