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New push for more cameras in Southeast Seminole Heights following fourth murder

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 06:34:47-05

TAMPA, Fla. -- There is a new push to get more cameras into the Southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood following the fourth shooting death in the area. This as the reward for information leading to an arrest in the investigation into the Seminole Heights killer has now reached $91,000.

Wednesday, ATF agents and Tampa Police officers continue to search the neighborhood.

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ABC Action News was there as police pulled over a man and searched his car near 11th and Ellicott. The man was asked to get out of his vehicle and was there with officers for more than twenty minutes. He was released shortly after.

Off camera, the man told ABC Action News he's been stopped almost every day for the past month.

Law enforcement officers have now placed a large mobile camera just down the street from the most recent shooting death near Nebraska Ave. and McBerry St. in Tampa.


Southeast Seminole Heights businesses say they are working to do their part to help better record the area with new cameras.

"Every little bit helps," said David Lee, a Southeast Seminole Heights business owner. 

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Lee asked Sheppard Security and Communications to come in Wednesday installing new floodlights as well as surveillance cameras pointing out to the street. His business is located near Nebraska and Osborne, which is just down the street from the fourth murder.

“At the very least, if people feel a little safer walking around my building, then that's a huge mission accomplished," Lee said.

Sheppard Security and Communications telling ABC Action News that even home surveillance cameras can get a great, clear image and can help police.

"Cameras are so important to help catching these bad guys," said Keith Sheppard.

In the meantime, leaders with the Southeast Seminole Heights Neighborhood Watch ar asking people in and around the neighborhood to review their home camera footage. 

So far, they say some people have captured a few things they want to give to police.

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“People riding their bikes in the morning at four in the morning, things like that," said Stan Lasater, with th Southeast Seminole Heights Neighborhood Watch. "I mean there was nothing at face value that seemed out of the norm but  considering what happened yesterday, it may be a clue that's needed to break the case.” 

Anyone in Seminole Heights who finds something in home surveillance camera footage from 4 am to 5:30 AM  on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 can report it to the Tampa Police Department Non-Emergency Line at (813) 231-6130.