Police: Man upset about prank kills 3 at Ocala bar

OCALA, Fla. —Police arrested a man in connection with a shooting outside an Ocala bar that left three people dead.

Authorities said they responded at 12:43 a.m. to reports of shooting outside AJ's bar in downtown Ocala, which is across the street from the Downtown Square.

Ocala police said 31-year-old Andrew Lobban got mad at his three co-workers who shot a video of a prank they pulled on him. They shared the video and teased Lobban about the prank. Officers said the four worked as bouncers at the Ocala Entertainment Complex on Southwest 17th Avenue.

According to a police report, the four were walking out of AJ’s bar on East Silver Springs Boulevard when Lobban pulled 9 mm handgun and shot his co-workers.

Two of the men were pronounced dead on the scene, while the third man died from his wound at a nearby hospital. Police said the three victims were shot in the head.

Police said the victims were identified as 20-year-old Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr., 25-year-old Josue Santiago and 23-year-old Benjamin Larz Howard.

Police said officers found a shirt and a 9 mm handgun from a street-side trash can, which they believed were thrown there by the gunman.

A witness told police he saw Lobban pull a gun, and then saw him run after shots were fired.

When the sun came up, friends came to mourn and place flowers in their honor. The family now has to explain to Josue’s two young children what happened to their father.

“God will take care of what he did,” Santiago’s mother said. “He has to come...is will have to deal with him. God takes the justice.”

Maria said the men worked together as bouncers.

Police went to Lobban’s home and took him to headquarters for questioning. Investigators said Lobban admitted to shooting, saying, “He intended to shoot ‘Sway' (Santiago) and the other two victims were killed by accident.”

Lobban is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and is being hold on a no-bond status. He is expected to face a judge Monday morning.