4th person slain in Tampa neighborhood amid search for apparent serial killer: ‘This has got to stop’

The man “killed in cold blood” on a Tampa, Florida, street early this morning was shot from behind in a case that authorities say may be related to a string of unsolved killings that has left a community on edge.

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“This has got to stop,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said today in a press conference. “We will hunt this person down until we find them.”

Police are investigating the killing, in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, where three people were shot in 11 days in October.

“We are treating it as though it is related until we rule otherwise,” interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan told reporters this morning.

Authorities have identified the latest victim as Ronald Felton, 60, who was supposed to “meet up with someone” when he was apparently targeted and killed, Dugan said.

“Someone came up from behind and shot him,” he said. “And he was left [on] the street.”

Courtesy James Felton
Ronald Felton, 60, is the 4th person slain in a Tampa neighborhood amid search for apparent serial killer.

The suspect in the killing has been described as a slim black man, about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a light complexion, authorities said. He was armed with a large black pistol and was last seen wearing all black clothing, according to police.

“We do have a witness that we have been discussing [what happened],” Dugan said. “When I spoke to her, she said, ‘If our officer had been five seconds earlier, he would’ve been able to stop it.’”

Police arrived “within seconds” of 911 calls, which were placed before 5 a.m., Dugan said.

Courtesy James Felton
Ron Felton, pictured in an undated handout photo, was killed in Seminole Heights, Fla., on Nov. 14, 2017.

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