Tampa Police has finally found the person suspected of murdering four in Tampa.
Police said Tuesday night that they have plans to charge the man who was detained with a gun at a McDonald’s with four counts of first-degree murder in connection with a series of shootings that authorities believed to be the work of a serial killer.
Acting on a tip, detectives recovered a gun and found the murder suspect, identified as Howell Emmanuel Donaldson III, 24, at the local McDonald’s restaurant in Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood.
“Tonight is the beginning of when justice will be served, and then the process will occur when this individual rots in hell,” Tampa’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn said during a Tuesday night press conference.
Police believe that the incident is connected to the recent murders in the Seminole Heights neighborhood, although they haven’t said why.
We have recovered other firearms before, so we will see,” Police Chief Brian Dugan said. “We’re going to go through this. We’re in it for the long haul. Let’s see where this leads.”
Four people have been found shot to death in recent weeks in the same half-mile area north of downtown.
Tampa Bay Times says that an employee at the Mcdonalds said that Donaldson was an employee at this McDonalds. The employee said the co-worker handed a manager a gun and left to visit an Amscot. When the co-worker returned, Tampa police were waiting.