Tampa neighborhood on alert after 3 killings, 'nothing linking' victims, cops say
Tampa neighborhood on alert after 3 killings, ‘nothing linking’ victims, cops say

Tampa neighborhood on alert after 3 killings, ‘nothing linking’ victims, cops say

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A Florida neighborhood is on alert after three killings in 10 days within a half-mile of each other, as police acknowledged Sunday their investigation is going “painfully slow.”

A Florida neighborhood is on alert after three killings in 10 days within a half-mile of each other, as police acknowledged Sunday their investigation is going “painfully slow.”

Police are warning residents in the Seminole Heights neighborhood against walking outside alone, but encouraging them to go outside in groups and to pay attention to their surroundings, even handing out porch lights.

“When you have these type of incidents, I think the natural instinct is to hunker down and not go outside, and we’re actually encouraging people to come out,” Dugan said.

On Thursday, officers were patrolling the area when they heard gunshots and found Anthony Taino Naiboa dead on the sidewalk, about 100 yards from where one of the other victims was killed.

Naiboa, 20, was the oldest of five children and ended up in the area by mistake, according to Dugan.

“He took the wrong bus and ended up in this neighborhood,” Dugan told “FOX & Friends Weekend.”

Residents said they are shocked to see the string of killings in what is usually a “quiet neighborhood.”

“My wife is scared, my kids are scared, we have to be locked up in the house, which is not right, you know,” Jose Arroyo told FOX 13 Tampa.

While the killings have prompted warnings from officials, some residents are refusing to live in fear.

“I will never live in an environment where I have to feel like I am a prisoner in my own house, no matter what,” Jamie Collins said.

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