Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

Ocala police: Man fatally shot 3 over prank video

OCALA — A man charged with murder told police he shot three bouncers he had worked with for teasing him about a video that showed a prank being played on him, Ocala police said Sunday.

Benjamin Larz Howard, 23; Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr., 20; and Josue Santiago, 25, were shot in the head, according to the medical examiner's office.

All three were found lying along the sidewalk outside a bar. One was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two died at a hospital.

Witnesses told police they saw Andrew Joseph Lobban, 31, pull a black handgun from his pants and point the gun at one of the bouncers standing outside a bar.

Several shots were fired and Lobban was seen running from the scene, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police found Lobban at his girlfriend's house a short time later and took him to the police department for questioning.

Lobban told police he shot at least two rounds at one of the victims, the arrest affidavit states.

He also told police he placed the gun inside a trash can and intended to only shoot at the victims.

Police said Lobban worked with the victims as bouncers at the Ocala Entertainment Complex.

Lobban told police that Santiago recently played a prank on him when they went shooting, capturing it all on video that was then shown to Howard and Bynes. Lobban said he was embarrassed when the group began laughing and teasing him about the video.

Lobban was arrested Sunday and charged with three counts of first-degree felony murder. He was being held in jail without bail.

It was not immediately known if he has an attorney.

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