TAMPA (CNN) -The mayor of Tampa and its interim police chief stated they may hand out sweet and be a part of youngsters for trick-or-treating in a neighborhood that’s on edge after a collection of unsolved killings. Three individuals have been killed within the Seminole Heights neighborhood in a span of eleven days this month, leaving the Florida group terrified that a serial killer is on the unfastened and fogeys weary about taking their youngsters trick-or-treating on Tuesday.
In response, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and interim Police Chief Brian Dugan introduced plans to have fun Halloween at a neighborhood park and to spice up police presence within the southeast Seminole Heights space. They are going to be joined by mounted officers on horseback in addition to Florida Freeway Patrol troopers, in line with a launch from the town.
“We would like these households in southeast Seminole Heights and people youngsters particularly to have the ability to exit and have a traditional, protected Halloween,” Buckhorn informed CNN’s sister community HLN on Monday. “We’ll do every little thing we will to deliver a way of normalcy to a neighborhood that’s been ripped aside.”
Police have warned residents to not stroll alone particularly after sundown. Officers are encouraging individuals to journey in teams and to concentrate on their environment.
Benjamin Mitchell, 22, was shot and killed in entrance of his residence on October 9.
The second sufferer, Monica Hoffa, 32, was killed two days afterward October eleven. Her physique was discovered by a metropolis worker in a vacant parking zone half a mile from the place Mitchell died.
Then on October 19, Anthony Naiboa, 20, who had simply graduated from highschool, turned the third sufferer when he by chance received on the improper bus after leaving work and ended up within the southeast Tampa neighborhood, police stated.
Authorities consider Naiboa was making his option to one other bus cease. He didn’t get greater than 200 yards earlier than he was shot and killed.
The three victims have been alone and located inside a few half-mile of one another, Dugan stated.
Officers stated police have thus far prevented calling the suspect a serial killer because of a scarcity of proof.
Final week, authorities launched new grainy surveillance video displaying what they described as an individual of curiosity operating away from the primary of the three homicides. The video, taken at totally different angles, exhibits the identical individual seen within the historic Seminole Heights neighborhood in an earlier video launched by police.
Dugan stated the individual within the video isn’t thought-about a suspect within the string of shootings, however he…