26-year-old shot dead in church parking lot

Jacksonville detectives suspect foul play

Author: Vic Micolucci, General assignment reporter, vic@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:51:10 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 13 2013 11:14:15 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Homicide detectives are searching for answers after a man's body was found in the parking lot of Shindler Drive Baptist Church on Saturday afternoon.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the body of 26-year-old Kerry Lamb was found about 1:30 p.m. in the 7100 Shindler Drive after witnesses heard shots and said they saw several people leave the area.

"We have several witnesses that saw individuals fleeing the scene," JSO Sgt. Jay Farhat said. "We do not know if they are suspects or possible friends of the victim. We are trying to determine that at this point in time."

Investigators said they believed Lamb was shot near where his body was found.

Police do suspect foul play and said this case is under investigation. They did not announce any arrests.

Officials said several people were taken downtown to be interviewed.

"I believe we have four, possibly five people we will be speaking to," said Farhat. "We do not know of their involvement."

Authorities said they currently have no eyewitnesses who actually saw the shooting.

"It is very early on in the investigation," said Farhat. "It looks like it may have possibly been drug related, possibly a drug deal gone bad, but we do not know for sure."

When asked if neighbors should be worried, Farhat said he doesn't think so.

"I do not believe this is a random act," said Farhat. "I'm sure the individuals knew each other."

Officers ask anyone with information about the shooting to call them at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.