Authorities in Tampa, Florida, are now warnings residents to take increased safety precautions after a slew of similar murders has police searching for a potential serial killer, with the latest victim having been discovered last Thursday.
In a statement, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan noted that officers are on the lookout for “someone who has been terrorizing a neighborhood” in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, CNN reported.
20-year-old Anthony Naiboa, who suffered from autism, became the third victim. He became lost after accidentally taking the wrong bus home from work and was shot by an unknown assailant.
“One of our officers was able to find him, but it was too late,” Dugan said. “He was already dead when our police officers came up on him.”
The body of the first victim, 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell, was found only 300 yards away from where Naiboa was discovered. Mitchell was shot dead on October 9 while waiting for a bus. The second victim, 32-year-old Monica Hoffa, was found dead in a vacant lot less than a mile away from where the other two murders took place.
Investigators currently do not have much evidence to comb through while searching for the killer. The only image released of a suspect so far comes from a grainy surveillance video that shows an indistinct hooded figure walking down the street.
The Tampa Police Department is urging residents to come together as a community to expose whoever is slaughtering innocent civilians.
“We need everyone to come out of their homes at night, turn on their porch lights and just not tolerate this type of terrorism in a neighborhood,” Dugan said.
A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the culprit’s arrest, while a GoFundMe page has been set up for Naiboa’s family.