How do you find a killer who is untraceable, undetectable, without knowing the motive?
3 people have been murdered by a madman and police are baffled.
Via Daily Mail:
“A neighborhood in Tampa, Florida has been terrorized by a string of seemingly random shootings that have left three dead in little more than a week.
The shooter struck the Seminole Heights neighborhood once again on Thursday night,when police patrols saturating the area heard the gunshots but were unable to catch the murderer.
Instead, they found dead Anthony Naiboa, 20, a man with autism who had gotten off the bus at the wrong stop on his way home from work and was walking to a different bus stop.
‘Enough is enough,’ Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a frustrated plea to the killer at a televised press conference on Thursday.
‘I don’t know what your motive is. I don’t know what your problem is. There’s been enough carnage. You have severely affected some families.
Although cops won’t say outright they suspect a serial killer, they believe the three murders are linked.
A video of a potential person of interest in the first shooting is among the few clues for investigators, who have called in FBI profilers to assist.
The first victim, 22-year-old Benjamin Edward Mitchell, was shot on October 9 near a bus stop a block away from the most recent shooting, and died from his injuries at a hospital. Cops said he had no criminal record.
Days later, Monica Caridad Hoffa, 32, was found dead on October 13, although police believe she was killed two days earlier. Her body was found in a vacant lot by a city worker.
The three shootings took place within a few thousand feet of each other in the residential neighborhood.
All three victims were bus riders and all three were shot at or near bus stops. Mitchell and Naiboa both attended Middleton High School.
Authorities have said repeatedly that the three victims were not criminals and that there is no personal connection between them.
Cops blanketed the area after the initial slayings, but it was not enough to prevent the sidewalk murder of the third victim, Naiboa.
‘You can imagine the frustration of these officers to hear gunshots and not be able to find this person,’ Dugan said at the conference.
‘He was in the prime of his life and was taken instantly.’
Dugan pleaded with the public for information about the individual in the surveillance video, warning not to assume the suspect’s race or gender, which cops could not determine from the footage.
‘This is, you know, very frustrating,’ Dugan said. ‘I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.’
The chief also urged the community not to retreat into their homes, and continue to maintain a public presence on the streets – though the department warns against walking alone at night.
‘Do cookouts, walk your dog,’ he said. ‘We’re not going to be held hostage by whoever’s doing this.’
Anyone with information about the murders is urged to contact the Tampa Bay Police Department at 813-231-6130.”
This is why crimes really should never be politicized. I.E. forcing gun control, gun free zones etc. We as a society need to find out why people kill in the first place. If you look at the victims, there are no connections between them. Are there any ideas that the community of Tampa has that could help find the murderer? We need to come together as humanity and put politics, race religion aside and to find out who is murdering these people. When we use labels to find out why that only seems to make things worse and it will divide us more. Without racial profiling, I personally think the best thing to do, is for the community to start organizing town hall meetings with the city’s leadership and police and come together to work on ideas how they can catch this crook. This is unacceptable and the people do not need to live in fear in their own home.