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3 Dead, 2 Injured in FL Shooting Spree, Officials Say (UPDATE: Shooter Reportedly Argued with One Victim, His Former Boss, Earlier in Week)


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The first crime scene, Pritchett's farm in Lake Butler (Credit: WJ-TV)

An ex-employee of a Florida trucking company fatally shot his former boss—whom he had reportedly argued with earlier in the week—and then shot three other men, killing one of them, before turning the gun on himself.

The shooting spree occurred at two locations in Union County near Lake Butler, about an hour southwest of Jacksonville and 40 minutes north of Gainsville.

Hubert Allen, Jr., 72, went to Rolling Oaks, a Lake Butler farm owned by his former boss, Marvin Pritchett, 80, Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead says. There Allen fatally shot a farmhand, 28-year-old Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, CNN reports; Allen then shot and killed Pritchett.

The first crime scene, Pritchett's farm in Lake Butler (Credit: WJXT-TV)

Pritchett was the owner of Pritchett Trucking where Allen had worked for more than 30 years. CNN reports that Allen and Pritchett argued earlier in the week.

Police said Allen then confronted another former colleague driving a farm tractor. The men exchanged words before Allen fired a shot at Lewis Mabrey, Jr., 66, striking him in the left arm and side, CNN says. Mabrey was rushed to the hospital, where he was expected to undergo surgery for a broken arm and other injuries. He was in good condition, CNN adds.

Allen then traveled to Pritchett Trucking Company in Lake Butler and shot David Griffis, 44, in the stomach, officials said. CNN reports that Griffis was taken to the hospital for immediate surgery; he was in critical condition.

Allen then went to his home where he shot and killed himself, officials said.

Police say they believe Allen acted alone in these shootings, but they continue to investigate the "heinous crimes," CNN adds.

According to the company's website, Marvin H. Pritchett founded Pritchett Trucking Inc. in 1980. The company employs "well over 400 people and is apportioned in all 48 states and Canada."

Allen was the step-grandfather of Buffalo Bills Running Back CJ Spiller, WCJB says.

Here's a report from WJXT-TV:video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

This is a breaking news story; updates will be added.



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