3 dead, 2 hurt in Fla. truck company shootings

Published On: Aug 24 2013 06:32:12 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 24 2013 08:11:57 PM EDT
Union County shooting scene
LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -

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.

The Sheriff's Office said 72-year-old Hubert Allen Jr., step-grandfather of NFL running-back C.J. Spiller, shot and killed former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez Delgado, 28, around 9 a.m. Saturday.

WJXT-TV reports Allen then shot and killed his former employer, 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett, owner Pritchett Trucking, while he was sitting in his truck, according to deputies.

A few minutes later, Allen pulled over where another former co-worker was driving a farm tractor, exchanged words with him and then fired one shot from a shotgun, authorities said.

That victim, 66-year-old Lewis Mabrey Jr., was in good condition and receiving surgery for a broken arm and other injuries.

Not long after that, Allen went to the company's headquarters on Southeast 6th Street and shot 44-year-old David Griffis in the stomach, the release said. Griffis was in critical condition.

Authorities said Allen then returned to his Lake Butler home and killed himself. Officials said he was a longtime employee of the company.

Investigators were working at the five shooting scenes late Saturday and interviewing witnesses and company employees.

The trucking company's website says it employs 400 people and owns hundreds of vehicles that operate around the country. It said Pritchett started the trucking company in 1980, ten years after purchasing a Florida timber business. The company's main number rang unanswered Saturday.

Officials said it was too early to discuss a motive for the shootings.

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