Serial killer manhunt launched as kids escorted to school by armed police

Serial killer manhunt launched as kids escorted to school by armed police
Police in Tampa, Florida, are hunting a serial killer after three people were murdered over a 10-day stretch. The killings took place in the Seminole Heights area and the community is living in fear, with children being escorted to school by armed police.

There appears to be no connection between the victims, however, they were all killed within a half mile of each other. The first killing took place on October 9 when 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was gunned down at 9pm while waiting at a bus stop near his home.

Just two days later the killer claimed their second victim, 32-year-old Monica Caridad Hoffa, whose body was found on a grassy plot of land 10 blocks from where Mitchell was shot.

“Her life was taken from her with no motive,” Monica’s family said in her obituary.

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The third victim, 20-year-old Anthony Taino Naiboa, was killed on October 19 – just 100 yards from where Benjamin had been shot 10 days earlier.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has vowed to bring the killer to justice.

On Monday night approximately 400 people attended a community meeting at Edison Elementary School, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

“Everybody at this point is a suspect,” Interim Police Chief Brian Dugan told the crowd. "If you are out there walking alone ... you are either a suspect or a potential victim.”

Investigators revealed that they have no suspects or motives and aren’t even sure how many people may be involved, the Times reports.

"We don't know who this person is,” Dugan said. “That's the reality. We know we have three people murdered in half a mile of each other in 10 days. They were all walking alone. Probably minding their own business. Lord knows whoever is doing this.”

Crime Stoppers and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are offering a combined reward of $25,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect or suspects.