It's believed Felton was crossing the street to meet with someone when a suspect came up from behind and shot him, Dugan said.
Until they can rule it out, police said they're investigating Tuesday's shooting death as one connected with the neighborhood's previous killings.
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.
"We believe he may have seen something or heard something that could assist us in this investigation", Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said on October 26. When officers arrived, they found the body of Ronald Felton, 60, in the street. They advise residents in the area to stay in their homes as they search for the suspect. School district officials said schools within the area are open today, but tells students to stay home and do not go to the bus stops until police secure the area.
This comes just weeks after three people were shot and killed over a 10-day span in Seminole Heights.
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He also looked up methods to remove fingerprints from the knife that he meant to use to commit murder, the sources added. Days later, the police arrested a school bus conductor for the murder; he allegedly confessed to killing Pradhyumn.
Hegarty said that investigators are treating the death as related to the three recent unsolved murders in Seminole Heights.
Last week, Seminole Heights residents returned to some normalcy following last month's murders with a "Taste of the Heights" celebration. Nebraska Avenue is shut down between Hillsborough and Osborne avenues for the investigation. Many streets are closed as detectives search for the killer, conduct interviews and gather evidence. And on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot after taking the wrong bus home from his new job. Witnesses described seeing a black man in his early 20's, wearing a dark hooded jacket, running from the area where this shooting took place. No further details were immediately released, including whether the person was shot.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect now stands at $41,000.
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