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Tampa police arrest man suspected in string of killings

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Tampa police chief says suspect in 4 killings used the same gun in all of the shootings; there was "no apparent motive" Tampa police chief says suspect in 4 killings used the same gun in all of the shootings; there was "no apparent motive"
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -

A Florida police officer who was doing paperwork while sitting in a McDonald's restaurant got a tip that led authorities to the suspect accused of killing four people in random shootings over the past two months.

Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said during a late-night news conference Tuesday that 24-year-old Howell Emanuel Donaldson walked into the McDonalds and asked a fellow employee to hold a bag with a loaded semiautomatic gun while he went to a nearby business to get a payday loan. The employee consulted with a manager who notified the officer sitting at a table.

The Tampa police chief said the suspect used the same gun in all of the shootings. Dugan said Donaldson admitted that he owned the gun that was turned over to police and cracked the case, but Donaldson did not admit to the killings.

Television station WFLA, citing an arrest report, said a search of Donaldson's cellphone found location data storage that indicated three days of recorded times and activities that correspond with the first three shootings on Oct. 9, Oct. 11 and Oct. 19.

Dugan said authorities still don't have a motive for a string of shootings in a neighborhood that killed four people.

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