Police search car at Ybor McDonald’s, ends up being connected to Seminole Heights killer

Tampa police chief 'optimistic' Ybor City tip connected to Seminole Heights murders

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa police were at the scene of an incident in Ybor City on Tuesday.

Police investigated a tip that led detectives to a McDonald’s restaurant at E 13th Avenue around 2:45 p.m.

A gun was recovered at the restaurant. Police are still interviewing a person about what they know about the gun.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a news conference that he is “optimistic” the incident is connected to the recent murders in Seminole Heights.

“As far as whether I’m optimistic whether this has to do with Seminole Heights, yes. I believe this has to do with Seminole Heights,” Dugan said.

“It’s day 51 that we’ve been doing this,” he added.

“It’s two weeks since Ronald Felton was murdered. So, it’s been a long time for the families and for the cops, so I’m guarded on the whole thing, but I’m very optimistic . So we’ll see, it’s going to be a long night.”

Eagle 8 was over the scene where police had a red vehicle cornered off with crime scene tape in the parking lot.

Dugan said police believe the person with the firearm was driving that car.

“We have recovered other firearms before, so we will see,” Dugan said. “We’re going to go through this. We’re in it for the long haul. Let’s see where this leads.”

“There’s a lot to go through, a lot to sift through. And it’s going to take many things to fall in line. It’s going to require different search warrants and interviews and things like that. So it’s going to be a very slow process.”

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