Death toll climbs to four in Florida shooting spree

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 8/28/2013

A third victim has died following a weekend shooting spree in Florida, in which the shooter targeted his former boss and co-workers at a trucking company before turning his gun on himself.

David Griffis, 44, was pronounced dead on Tuesday, three days after he was critically shot in the stomach by former co-worker Hubert Allen, Jr., 72.

A statement on the website for Pritchett Trucking Inc. states that Griffis died on Tuesday. He had been listed in critical condition at a local hospital since Saturday.

“We are saddened today on the loss of our dear friend and colleague David Griffis,” the statement on the company website said. “David was a remarkable man who personified true work ethic and integrity and who was an integral part of our company and of our lives.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and David will always be a part of our family."

Allen began his shooting spree on Aug. 24, when investigators with the Union County sheriff’s department said he began targeting former coworkers and his former boss, Marvin Pritchett, the owner of Pritchett Trucking Inc..

A spokesman for the Union County Sheriff’s department said investigators are still searching for a motive for crime.

Along with Griffis, others who died in the spree are 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett and 28-year-old Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado. 

Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, was also shot and injured. He remains hospitalized. After the shootings, Allen drove to his nearby home, where he took his own life.

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 recently retired from the company “in good standing” according to Williams.

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.

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