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 â€śsomeone who has been terrorizing a neighborhoodâ€ť 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.
â€śOne of our officers was able to find him, but it was too late,â€ť Dugan said. â€śHe was already dead when our police officers came up on him.â€ť
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.
â€śWe 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,â€ť Dugan said.
A $25,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the culpritâ€™s arrest, while a GoFundMe page has been set up for Naiboaâ€™s family.