First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 8:00 PM on 4/28, issued at 10:03 AM Bryceville, FL | Callahan, FL | Fernandina Beach, FL | Glen Saint Mary, FL

Pritchett Trucking president among 2 killed in mass shooting in Lake Butler

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 8/24/2013 9:26 pm
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a longtime employee of a Florida trucking company killed himself after fatally shooting his former boss and a coworker and wounding two others.

A news release from the Union County Sheriff's Office says gunman Hubert Allen Jr. drove to several locations Saturday morning and shot the four men. Three of them were Allen's former co-workers at Pritchett Trucking Inc., and the fourth was company owner Marvin Pritchett.

The sheriff's office says the gunman fatally shot Pritchett and Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado.

One of the wounded men was in critical condition and undergoing surgery in Gainesville.  The other victim is hospitalized in good condition.

Authorities say the 72-year-old Allen returned to his home in North Florida's Lake Butler and fatally shot himself.

Investigators declined to discuss a motive. 

TV20 in Gainesville reports Allen is the step-grandfather of NFL running back CJ Spiller.

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation and have deployed a mobile command unit. 

For breaking news on the go, download the Action News App.

You can also get email alerts with all the latest headlines.

Shooting at multiple locations

At least 2 victims are in critical condition and 3 others are dead.
At least 2 victims are in critical condition and 3 others are dead.
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

Home where Hubert Allen Jr. took his own life.  Police say he fatally shot two people at Pritchett Trucking.
Home where Hubert Allen Jr. took his own life. Police say he fatally shot two people at 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."
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

No comments yet!
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.