LCSO: Shooting Fatality Related to Hit-and-Run

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

UPDATE 6-1-11 6:10 PM

12-year-old Sara Mendez said she was startled by the shots. She said she couldn't believe what she heard and saw.

"I was just in my room and all of a sudden I thought I heard like five shots and I thought they were fire crackers," said Mendez. "But then I saw out my window someone went out really fast with their truck."

Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said they received a phone call about a shooting and hit and run at 9:15 Tuesday night at this apartment complex on Rolling Pines Drive.

Deputies add when they arrived they found a man dead. He was shot multiple times.

His identity is not being released at this time.

Lucas Santiago is accused of shooting the victim, fleeing the scene and hitting someone as he escaped.

He was captured sometime later in Alachua County, Florida.

Sara told Eyewitness News her father worked with the victim.

She said her father said he heard at work the victim told the suspect to stop drinking and that is when it turned deadly.

"The guy just came in and said don't be telling me to do anything, like your not the boss of me and just gave him a shot like three in the back and two in the head," said Mendez.

Residents who knew the victim say they're shocked.

"It's pretty surprising because they were nice," said Santiago Rodriguez.

Santiago faces charges of murder and possession of firearm during the commission of a crime.

He could face more charges pending the investigation.

Santiago is being held in the Alachua County Jail while he waits to be extradited back to Georgia.

Lowndes County, Georgia - June 1, 2011-

On, Tuesday, May 31 at approximately 9:15 pm a resident at 4650 Rolling Pines Drive – Lake Park called 9-1-1 and a reported shooting. At approximately the same time an additional call was placed to 911 relaying information of a hit and run accident on Rolling Pines Drive. Upon the arrival of deputies from the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office they discovered an adult male deceased as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Additional investigation revealed that the hit and run accident was related and believed to be the offender from the assault who struck a pedestrian as he fled the scene. The pedestrian was not injured.

During the investigation of these events Lucas Alvarado Santiago was identified as a suspect and efforts immediately began to locate him. Through this cooperative effort, Lucas Alvarado Santiago was arrested by deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at a closed business in High Springs, Florida.

Lucas Alvarado Santiago is being housed in the Alachua County Jail, in Gainesville, Florida, while he awaits extradition back to Georgia. Arrest warrants for the offenses of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime will be issued today. Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation progresses. The deceased will be transported today to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s office where an autopsy will be performed. The name of the deceased has not yet been released pending the notification of family.

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