The mayor of Tampa made a request on Wednesday at a roll call held in a neighborhood where three people were murdered within a half mile area in just eleven days.
“Bring his head to me, all right?” Bob Buckhorn told Tampa Police officers, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“Let’s go get it done,” the mayor added added.
Police released new surveillance video of a man running away from the neighborhood the night of the first murder. They called the man sporting the hooded sweatshirt a person of interest.
“I’ve come up with four reasons why this person is running,” Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said, according to the Sentinel. “One, they may be late for dinner. Two, they’re out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots. And number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell.”
Mitchell, 22, was the first person killed by the potential serial killer. He was shot to death at around 9 p.m on Oct. 9 while waiting at a bus stop, People reports. Two days after Mitchell died, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was fatally shot ten blocks away.
“Her life was taken from her with no motive,” Hoffa’s family wrote in an online obituary. the third victim, Anthony Taino Naiboa was shot on Oct. 19, only 100 yards away from where Mitchell was killed. Naiboa, 20, had autism.
“They killed him just for nothing,” Naiboa’s father said at a Sunday vigil, according to People. “Like he’s not a human, like he’s nothing.”
Fearing a serial killer, police have been escorting area children to bustops in the morning, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
[Photos: Tampa Police Department, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay]
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