"We will hunt this person down until we find them", Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during a press conference Tuesday morning. 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.
Investigators have not said what evidence ties the three initial crimes together, or whether they have forensics that show the same weapon was used in all of them. If you live here, stay indoors.
The body was found blocks away from the scenes of three recent unsolved murders in the neighborhood.
Until they can rule it out, police said they're investigating Tuesday's shooting death as one connected with the neighborhood's previous killings. They are asking residents to examine video from any security cameras they have. Police searching the area.
Police are on scene where a body was found just before 5 a.m. on Tuesday near N. Nebraska Avenue and E. McBerry Street.
"Police officers are all over the place", said Steve Hegarty, Tampa police spokesman.
Officers have saturated the area, and will be going door-to-door looking for witnesses as well. "We hope to catch him before he gets outside the area". Some bus routes to Hillsborough High School and other schools in the area may be disrupted by the Tampa Police investigation.
Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was killed Oct. 9; Monica Hoffa, 32, was killed in a vacant lot Oct. 11; and Anthony Naiboa, 20, was shot and killed Oct. 19.
Dugan also asks every gun owner to verify their gun is still inside their home.
Last week, Seminole Heights residents returned to some normalcy following last month's murders with a "Taste of the Heights" celebration. If it is missing, it should be reported immediately.
Anyone who may have any information, should call the Tampa Police at 813.231.6130.