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.

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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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  • by "THE TRUTH" Location: TALLY on Jun 3, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT A CRIME IS A CRIME JUST LIKE A SIN IS A SIN NO BIGGER AND NO SMALLER. AT THAT THE PROBLEM IS OUR GOVERNMENT THAT IS WHERE IT STARTS BECAUSE THE CORRUPTION WAS STARTED THERE THEY DON'T CARE. IF YOU READ ALL ON A CAN OF LYSOL DISINFECTANT SPRAY BOTTLE AND IT CLEARLY STATES WHAT VIRUSES IT KILLS 99% AND HAS 83% OF ETHANOL WELL GEESH IF THEY CAN CREATE SOMETHING AS FAR AS KILLING THE HEPATITIS VIRUS, FLU VIRUS, AND ETC, WITH A SPRAY THEY SURE CAN FIND THE CURE. IF THEY CAN TRAIN THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF TROOPS TO KILL THEY SURE ENOUGH CAN TRAIN THEM NOT TO KILL...FOOD 4 THOUGHT.
  • by JarHead01 Location: Camp Lejeune on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    Hey Retired Marine we could list crimes according to race alday to make one feel good about ones race, but not everyone need to. Stand down and shut up.
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      by RetiredMarine on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:14 AM in reply to JarHead01
      Hey Clerk when you issue an order you include the details right? So why hide behind political correctness at the expense of ID'ing the problem and fixing it. Don't get your fingers hung in the keys, I'd hate to see you put in for a " Purple Paper Clip....
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    Opps wrong story. My bad
  • by Georgia Resident on Jun 2, 2011 at 06:13 AM
    Does anyone else find it odd that they could only find a 12 year old to interview? But then again, she did have a lot of information about the situation!!
  • by Paco Arroyo Location: Valdosta GA on Jun 2, 2011 at 05:55 AM
    This is my cousin. We are hard working people. I thank you for giving us free legal counsel, medical care, and I drive on no license or insurance. My cousin will be found innocent or we can flee to Mexico.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:06 PM in reply to Paco Arroyo
      Taquila
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      by your an a** on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to Paco Arroyo
      FOR YOUR INFO. HE IS NOT MEXICAN VERY AMERICAN LIKE EVERYONE BORN IN USA, AND HE DOES HAVE A LICENSE PLUS A VERY NICE PERSON AND HUMAN BEING WHO GOT INVOLVED IN A FIGHT AND DEFEND HIMSELF
      • reply
        by razman on Jun 17, 2011 at 03:49 PM in reply to your an a**
        Lucas argued, then left and returned with a gun. That is cold-blooded 1st degree murder. He will get Death row or life with no parole - as deserved. No argument gives someone the right to murder. He took a life and ruined his own in the process.
  • by RetiredMarine Location: Tallahassee on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:32 PM
    Wow! State a fact and all of the politically correct weasles ooze out of the cracks to whine and dine.....
    • reply
      by Jusme on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:15 PM in reply to RetiredMarine
      "weasels"...
  • by Concerned Location: Florida on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    Black, white, brown,and pink with yellow stripes! Crime is an international issue that we all will face at some point in our lives. The problem is NOT what racial group is getting killed or committing the act...the real problem is some humans do not value others' lives!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Site your sources or shut up!!
  • by Name witheld Location: Lake Park on Jun 1, 2011 at 07:07 PM
    This sickens me. i just heard about this. The location of the crime is in my neighborhood. This changes my whole persepctive. No longer does my neighborhood have the safe feeling it did just 15 minutes ago. Had these apartments not been built here, this would have been much less likely to happen. I am NOT saying that apartment dwellers are all bad, but the existence of these apartments in our neighboorhood has apparently brought in some shady characters who have friends with no morals or concern for human life. No longer do I feel safe to walk around my own neighborhood. I know that crime can happen anywhere, but I this one is practically on my doorstep and I am really angry about it. Also, why must everything always be a racial issue? OMG! Get off of the race card! ALL races are capable of crime! ALL races have both good and bad people! If people would take the time they spend bashing others to work on themselves then this world would be a better place with kinder, more thoughtful people.
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      by big shady on Jun 2, 2011 at 01:47 PM in reply to Name witheld
      If you are that scared I suggest you start packing heat
  • by Jarhead01 on Jun 1, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    Hey Leather Neck that depends on what type crime you're dealing with, so don't go painting pretty pictures.
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