ALERT: Tampa officials fear a serial killer is on the loose, after the unidentified individual (below) separately approached and shot three pedestrians during the past two weeks.
Police believe the victims had no connection to each other and may have been targeted at random.
One, in fact, was on the street where the killer gunned him down solely because he got off a metro bus "at the wrong stop."
The slain include, so far, a woman in her early thirties and two men in their early twenties -- all about the same age demographic as the unknown serial killer, judging by surveillance footage.
The tactical shooting deaths occurred within a ten-block area of Seminole Heights and have residents in that neighborhood terrified, a police spokesperson conceded; especially since Halloween is fast approaching and the hooded suspect is still at large.
So long as Florida's newest serial killer does remain on the loose though, he swore, officials intend to maintain a heavy police presence throughout the city.
They are urging citizens of all ages, even schoolchildren, to exercise maximum caution whenever going out, ideally doing so "only in pairs" or "in groups," if possible.
For added measure famed vigilantes, the Guardian Angels, will also be patrolling Tampa's streets now.
Authorities are offering a reward of $25,000 for any information leading to the apprehension of the mystery gunman. They've noted, however, that they have "no leads as yet" and "no motive" either for this apparent killing spree.