Tampa police: Man on video near shootings is suspect

Author: Associated Press
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TAMPA (AP) Authorities say an unidentified man who appeared on surveillance video near two of four shootings in a Florida neighborhood is officially a suspect.

Interim Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan showed both videos during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. Neither shows an actual shooting.

The first video shows a man walking about the time of the first fatal shooting on Oct. 8:

Dugan says the second video shows the same man walking early Tuesday morning about the time of 60-year-old Ronald Felton’s slaying:

Dugan implored any member of the community who might recognize the man to contact police. The total reward is up to $91,000.

Dugan says about two dozen detectives continue to go through hours and hours of surveillance footage collected from the Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Former detective and law enforcement expert Dave Grossi believes in order to catch the suspect, police will likely look at the victims.

“He may have identified them beforehand, he may have identified certain patterns that these victims are following and he may lay and wait for them or it may be spontaneous,” Grossi said.

Grossi says the suspect likely lives in the area or knows it well enough that he can escape in seconds.

“The fact that he’s always on foot is a pretty good clue to a profiler, that this individual probably lives in the area,” he said.

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