Shooting spree targeting trucking company

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, August 26, 2013

A Saturday shooting spree involving the owner of a trucking company and several current and former employees in and around Lake Butler, Fla., has left three dead, including the suspect.

A spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s department said investigators are still searching for a motive for crime that resulted in the deaths of 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett, 28-year-old Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado and the apparent shooter, 72-year-old Hubert Allen Jr. Two other men – Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, and David Griffis, 44 – were also shot and injured. Both men remain hospitalized as of Monday afternoon, with Griffis listed in serious condition.

The victims and the shooter were all connected via Pritchett Trucking, Inc., which was owned by Marvin Pritchett.

In a news release issued Monday, Lt. Lyn Williams stated that investigators had uncovered a note at Allen’s residence that indicates the attack was premeditated and lists the names of the four victims. The letter does not give any indication as to a motive. Williams said the sheriff’s office believes Allen acted alone.

Allen was a longtime employee of Pritchett Trucking in a handyman capacity, and retired from the company “about eight or nine days ago” according to Williams.

“I think he helped out in numerous roles. He was not a truck driver, though,” Williams said. “From what I understand, he retired in good standing.”  

Williams said a fifth employee of the company was also listed as a target in the note, but was not attacked during Saturday’s shootings. Authorities are not releasing the individual’s name at this time.

At around 9 a.m. on Saturday, investigators said Allen drove to a location owned by Pritchett off of County Road 18 A in Union County, where Gonzalez-Delgado was shot and killed. A short distance away, he then fired on and killed his former boss, Pritchett.

Allen then got back in his vehicle and drove a short distance down the road, when he pulled over and confronted Mabrey, who was driving a tractor. Allen is said to have shot Mabrey in the left arm and side with a .410 shotgun. Shortly after, Allen went to Pritchett Trucking Company located at 1050 S.E. 6th St. in Lake Butler and shot a third co-worker, Griffis, in the stomach. 

From there, authorities said Allen returned to his own residence nearby, where he took his own life.
 
Mabrey and Griffis were both rushed to a local hospital for surgery. Mabrey is expected to be released late Monday. Griffis remains in critical condition.

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