Shooting at multiple locations
News release from the Union County Sheriff's Office:
On Saturday, August 24, 2013 around 9:00AM, Hubert Allen Jr. B/M went on a shooting spree throughout Union County, FL. Allen, a longtime employee of Pritchett Trucking, Inc., went to a location owned by Mr. Marvin Pritchett off of County Road 18A and encountered a former co-worker, Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, 28 years of age and killed him. Then just a short distance away, fired and killed his former employer and owner of Pritchett Trucking Inc., Mr. Marvin Pritchett, 80 years of age.
Just minutes later, Allen confronted another former employee driving a farm tractor on Union County CR.18A. Allen pulled over and exchanged words with a Mr. Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66 years of age and fired one shot from a small bore shotgun striking Mr. Mabrey in the left arm and side. Mabrey was rushed by Union County Emergency Medical Services to ShandsUF, where he will undergo surgery later today for a broken arm and other injuries. Mabrey is considered stable and in good condition.
Shortly after, Hubert Allen went to Pritchett Trucking Company located at 1050 S.E. 6th Street in Lake Butler and shot the third co-worker, Mr. David Griffis, 44 years of age in the stomach. Griffis was rushed to ShandsUF Trauma Unit for immediate surgery. Griffis is in critical condition at the time of this release.
The single suspect, Hubert Allen Jr., 72 years of age, returned to his residence off of S.E. 6th Avenue, Lake Butler where he took his own life. Allen was a long time employee of Pritchett Trucking.
Investigators are currently interviewing Pritchett Trucking employees and witnesses as to the reason behind the shootings. The Union County Sheriff’s Office called in Investigators from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist with the five different crime scenes. Other agencies assisting included: Florida Department of Corrections, Union County Emergency Medical Services, Union County Sheriff’s Emergency Management, Baker County Sheriff’s Office, Bradford County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Offices, 8th Circuit Medical Examiner’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. These agencies assisted with investigations, traffic control, blocking off crime scenes and Command Post detail.
The Union County Sheriff’s Office believes that Allen acted alone in these shootings. Investigations will continue as to the cause and reason for this heinous crime.
We ask that you pray for all of the families involved. This is a tragic impact on our community and we will update you as more information is available.
Statement from Pritchett Trucking
Steve Perez, CFO of Pritchett Trucking, released this statement:
"Today's tragic events have shocked and saddened the Pritchett Trucking family. We mourn the loss of our founder, Marvin Pritchett, and of Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, and we pray for the recoveries of Lewis "Buddy" Mabrey Jr. and David Griffis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of their families, and at this time our sole focus is on those impacted by today's events. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow felt by so many yet we are comforted by the memories of those lost."