They made fun of him for misfiring his gun — so a Florida bouncer shot and killed three of his colleagues, police say.
The senseless shooting Sunday stemmed from a filmed incident, a prank that caused the killer to harbor “ill will towards the three since this had occurred,” police said in a statement.
After being “punked” by his co-workers, Andrew Joseph “Punchy” Lobban, 31, was allegedly so upset that he shot Josue “Sway” Santiago, 25, Benjamin Larz Howard, 23, and Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr., 20, outside an Ocala nightclub early Sunday morning.
The men weren’at working at the time and reportedly were friends. But the incident at a shooting range, when Lobban misfired his gun, was caught on tape and apparently humiliated the accused murderer, Ocala Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Angy Scroble told the Ocala Star Banner. The slay victims reportedly teased the hulking accused killer about the incident.
Officer Mike Hilton, right, escorts Andrew Lobban to a waiting police car Sunday June 2.
“He just kept harping on that” when speaking with detectives after the shooting, Scroble said. “It really bothered him.”
Lobban allegedly shot each man once in the back of the head with a 9-mm pistol as the group left AJ’s around 12:45 a.m. Sunday. Lobban fled and ditched the gun and a black T-shirt in a nearby trash can. The weapon was found by a police K9 and Lobban was tracked down at his girlfriend’s home later that day. He’s charged with three counts of first-degree felony murder and held without bail.
Santiago and Bynes were both fathers who leave behind young children.
“These guys all hung out on a regular basis. I’m surprised,” Bobby Tillander, who owns the nightclub where the men worked, told the Star Banner.