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Community shocked by Lake Butler shooting rampage

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Updated: 8/25/2013 12:27 am
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -- A small town is feeling a big shock Saturday after the Union County Sheriff's Office confirmed one man went on a shooting rampage, killing his former employer and shooting several others.

Action News spent time in several corners of town talking with the community. And the consensus was the same down every street: nobody can believe it.

Nicholas Silcox was working Saturday with a heavy heart. He told Action News within minutes, he found out his dad's boss had been killed.

"I couldn't believe it. I didn't want to believe it," he said.

He said Pritchett was a pillar of the community and was always doing his part to make Lake Butler better.

"He's a really nice man. He does a lot to help out around here, gives charity donations," Silcox said.

But more shocking for this small town is the man the Union County Sheriff's Office says was behind the trigger -- Hubert Allen Jr. Action News has learned he worked for Pritchett for over 30 years. His friends said he was his boss's right hand man.

"I can't believe it, I just can't because he's not that type of person. He was a good person. We don't know. Only him and the people that was involved and god know so that's why I say my heart goes out to everyone. Everyone," said Kim Jones.

Flags flew at half staff outside the trucking company. And Jones said she just hopes the tight-knit town can find a way to recover.

"It's just a sign from God that Union County needs to pray," Jones said.

The President of Pritchett Trucking told the sheriff Allen had retired two weeks ago. But Allen's friends told Action News they don't believe he left the company voluntarily.
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