SCMPD: Craig's List ad could be connected to murder

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are continuing to investigate the shooting death of 26-year-old Thai Lam. Detectives believe that a Craig's List advertisement led to the shooting on Thursday morning.

Lam was shot around 11:30 a.m. in the Legacy Square neighborhood. He died minutes after the shooting at Memorial University Medical Center.

The suspect, 26-year-old Brandon Kent, was taken into custody Thursday at the Cobblestone Apartments in Georgetown.

SCMPD detectives were told that Lam advertised his blue Yamaha Ninja motorcycle for sale and told an acquaintance that someone was coming to look it around 11:30 a.m. Neighbors heard gunshots around that time and called police. When police arrived, the suspect was leaving the area on the motorcycle and led police on a chase down Highway 17 and Highway 204.

"Our patrol units were at the scene very quickly and immediately recognized a probable connection between the motorcycle speeding away and the shooting," said Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Dean Fagerstrom in a news release. "They pursued the motorcycle, closed off the area and began methodically searching for the cyclist and checking automobiles leaving the area. Those officers did a fabulous job closing off the area, spotting the subject and taking him into custody."

Brenda McKinnon lives two houses down from where the murder happened.

"I was coming out of the driveway and I saw the body on a stretcher in the garage. They were working on him there," McKinnon said.

McKinnon says Lam kept to himself, but was a nice man. "It's really a shame it happened. They are really good people," she said.

Kent has been charged with the murder of Thai Lam and is being held in the Chatham County Detention Center.

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