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Gunman targets farm hands, former boss in Lake Butler shootings

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Updated: 8/26/2013 4:39 pm
UNION COUNTY, Fla.-- It was a day like any other -- until bullets started flying.

"We got a call at 9:21 a.m. this morning that there had been a shooting at Pritchett Trucking in downtown Lake Butler," Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead said.

Deputies said 72-year-old Hubert Allen Jr. was behind Saturday's rampage.

After gunning down two farm hands at Rolling Oaks Farm, deputies said Allen went after his former employer Marvin Pritchett, who owned the property.

From there, deputies said he went to Pritchett Trucking, shot a diesel mechanic in the stomach, then went home and turned the gun on himself.

Sheriff Whitehead, Pritchett's nephew, was taking it hard.

"Just unbelievable. So traumatic to the community. He meant so much to the community," he continued.

Allen was a long-term employee of Pritchett Trucking. The president of the company says he retired two weeks ago, while others claim he was fired.

James Bass used to work with him. He said everyone was shaken up at the loss of Pritchett -- who was being hailed as a philanthropist, friend and family man.

"He supported the kids. He helped me. He helped so many people in the community. Mr. Pritchett was a legend," Bass said.

As police worked to find a motive, the Sheriff's Office was sure of a few things. Allen is the step-grandfather of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller. He also worked hand-in-hand with people in the community and never showed signs of such a violent act.

"To tell you the honest truth. I never seen an angry bone in his body. Something must have just made him went off on him. We're liking at that and trying to figure out why," Whitehead said.
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Terri75 - 8/25/2013 7:05 PM
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Was he drunk?

Realchange - 8/25/2013 11:32 AM
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You can push a person to far. Sometimes those who do it like to sell themselves as victims after the fact. Many of you will say that murder is not a valid response. Consider the police never release details in bad boss slayings. They want all the facts but don't want the public to know what would push a man over the edge.
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