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Police Looking For Attempted Murder Suspect

Sarasota Police has a warrant to arrest Joseph T. Lamar for a Tuesday shooting and is considered armed and dangerous.

Sarasota Police are asking for tips on the whereabouts of an attempted murder suspect today stemming from a Tuesday night shooting.

Sarasota Police said they developed probable cause to arrest of Joseph T. Lamar, 39, for attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Lamar is a convicted murderer who was released from prison in 2012, according to police.  He should be considered armed and dangerous. A photo of Lamar appears with this story.

The Bradenton Herald reported details of Lamar's past:

"Lamar, 39, was released from prison after serving more than 19 years of a 25-year sentence for second-degree murder in a case out of Sarasota County, according to the Florida Department of Corrections."

The shooting occurred at about 10:18 p.m. Tuesday in the 3200 block of Lemon Avenue where a 22-year-old man was transported by helicopter to Blake Medical Center and a 19-year-old was treated at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for his injuries, according to police. 

Anyone with information about Lamar’s location, or the shooting is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department at 941-954-7025.

This version corrects the day of the shooting.

Dan Reilly January 09, 2013 at 02:50 PM
HUH? Lamar is a convicted murderer who was released from prison in 2012...
SMITH January 09, 2013 at 03:27 PM
THIS IS JUST A SAD STORY. THIS YOUNG MAN DID NOT WANT TO COME HOME FROM PRISON HE MADE SURE HE STAYED IN TROUBLE SO HE WOULD NOT HAVE TO COME HOME. HE WENT TO PRISON IN SPRING OF HIS 9TH GRADE YEAR OF SCHOOL.PRISON RAISED HIM AND ONCE HIS MAX SENTENCE WAS COMPLETED THE PRISON BASICALLY HAD TO PUT HIM OUT.THEY SHOULD HAVE COMMITTED HIM OR RECOGNIZE THAT HE COULD NOT COPE WITH LIFE OUTSIDE OF PRISON WALLS. (NO FAMILY,FRIENDS, AND NO LIFE) THERE WAS NO HELP FOR HIM WHEN HE CAME HOME!!!!!!!!!!
Charles Schelle January 09, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Reports show that he spent 19 years in prison and was released in September.
Deborah January 09, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Number one, he got out 6 years before his time was up and number two, if he wants to be in prison, why not turn his self in? just food for thought!!!
Collin January 09, 2013 at 06:41 PM
If he had murdered someone before, why wasn't he executed 19 years ago?

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