Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Begins Hunt For Seminole Heights Serial Killer

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has public announced the possibility of a serial killer in the Seminole Heights area

  • Three shootings have occurred within a one mile radius since October 9

  • None of the three victims were robbed and all rode the bus but were alone during the shooting

  • On Thursday, Police released a video that shows a person they are calling a person of interest

In Tampa Florida, three murders within a mile radius of each other in the Seminole Heights area pushed Mayor Bob Buckhorn to publicly announce that the city may have a serial killer hunting the streets.

On October 9, 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was the first to be shot and killed. Two days later, 32-year-old Monicoa Hoffa was shot in cold blood. The latest shooting occurred on October 19, when 20-year-old Anthony Naiboa was gunned down.

The three victims did not know each other and were all riding the bus. All three were alone on the street when they were shot. None of the three victims were robbed and no motive is known at this time.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn

On Wednesday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn addressed officers during a roll call in Seminole Heights. Buckhorn instructed officers to, “Bring his head to me, all right?” He then followed with, “Let’s go get it done.”

On Thursday, police released a new video in hopes of finding a person of interest. The video was taken on October 9, the night of the first shooting. Seconds after Mitchell was murdered, a hooded person is seen running from the neighborhood in the video.

Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan

Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said the person running in the video resembled an individual in a previously released video. It is reported that detectives want to speak to the individual in the video. Dugan has four theories on why the individual in the video is running.

I’ve come up with four reasons why this person is running. One, they may be late for dinner. Two, they’re out exercising. Three, they heard gunshots. And number four, they just murdered Benjamin Mitchell.

A Nervous Community

Tampa Electric Co. has been clearing out foliage, boarding up vacant buildings, and replacing burnt out street lights in the area, according to Buckhorn.

Buckhorn has done his best to calm nervous parents with Halloween right around the corner. “I’ll be personally on patrol, and you know what? If somebody wants to walk with me, they can walk with me. I’ll walk with their family and get candy with them. I might even take some of their candy,” Dugan said.

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