Police arrested a 22-year-old Florida man in late October on charges that he killed three victims and targeted two others, People magazine reported.
On Oct. 27, police found the body of Derick Westley Tucker, 46, on the ground near a storage unit and next to a hacksaw and machete covered in blood. The killer used Tucker’s blood to write a strange message: “4 Stop Wait Time.”
Later that day, police arrested security guard Nathaniel Maurice Petgrave in the murder, and charged him with two other deaths.
Investigators believe the “4” in the bloody message was a reference to the number of people Petgrave believe he had killed; one of the victims recovered after being shot in the neck, police said.
Petgrave, who was homeless, had ammunition in a makeshift camp matching the bullet casings from one of the murder scenes, investigators claimed. Detectives allegedly found Petgrave in a stolen black pickup truck.
Police claim that Petgrave began a premeditated murder spree beginning October 20, when he allegedly shot two men at an abandoned gas station. One of the men survived the attack, though Larry Scott, 65, died in the shooting.
The following day, he attempted to shoot two additional men in a grocery store parking lot. One man, John Jackson, 50, was killed; another escaped unscathed.
Tucker was killed on Oct. 27.
Though police believe the spree was premeditated, the victims were picked largely at random, investigators claim.
“To the best of our knowledge and everything we’ve looked at, we don’t believe he targeted these victims for any reason other than their availability,” Fort Lauderdale Police Sgt. Steve Novak told CBS4.
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