Dead person found after shooting call in suburban Lake Worth identified

UPDATE: The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim as 22-year-old Jermaine Lacey of Boynton Beach.

Investigators have no additional information at this time.

EARLIER: Deputies found a man's body after responding to a shooting call in suburban Lake Worth Friday, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The person was found on the road in the 4300 block of Theresa Court just before 5.

Through heavy rainfall, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to figure out how and why someone was shot dead in the middle of the street. 

“I heard a couple of gunshots go off and I know they were gunshots because I was in the military for quite some time,” Douglas Mayne said. Mayne was home just before 5 p.m. Friday. He went outside and saw the victim, still barely breathing about 30-feet from his front door. 

“He was very young. A very young kid and it’s sad because he’s still in the street with the rain pouring on him,” Mayne said. 

The neighborhood is filled with young people who like to ride their bikes. 

“There’s gunfire going off and any stray bullet can catch one of these kids. Just one stray bullet. That’s all it takes and another life is wasted for somebody else’s stupidity,” Maybe said. 

Eighteen-year-old Edwin Rodriguez lives in the neighborhood. He and his friends showed up curious and left scared. 

“We don’t know what could happen. Like it could happen anytime. Anywhere,” Rodriguez said. 

Mayne said this is the third time he’s heard gunfire in the last month and a half. He hopes some good can come out of this latest shooting.

“As a community, we all need to step up to the plate and be a little more active in the community to eliminate these kinds of tragedies.”

People who live in the community say it’s possible a camera attached to a pole that looks over a nearby pool area captured the shooting. 

Investigators say they do not have a suspect, motive or witnesses.

Anyone with information is urged to call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 800.458 TIPS.  

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