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Deputies: No motive found in Fla. shooting spree


August 26. 2013 2:35PM
Associated Press



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(AP) Florida investigators said Monday they still haven't determined why a former trucking company employee went on a weekend shooting rampage that left him and two others dead.


Union County sheriff's Lt. Lyn Williams said three days of interviews with people who knew 72-year-old Hubert Allen Jr. haven't turned up a motive for Saturday's shooting spree centered around Prichett Trucking Inc. He said further details would be released at a press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon.


The Rev. Patrick Maxwell of Victory Christian Center said even family members do not know why he went on the shooting spree. Allen's daughter and grandchildren are members of Maxwell's church and went to their home on the day of the shootings to comfort and counsel them.


"We all hope and pray that some answers come out, but unfortunately the only person that knows is no longer with us. He slipped into eternity," Maxwell said.


On Saturday, Allen drove to a location owned by his former boss, Marvin Pritchett, the trucking company's founder. He shot and killed former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, 28, around 9 a.m., then went a short distance and killed Pritchett, 80, who began the company in 1980. Allen, at one time, was considered his top assistant.


A few minutes later, Allen pulled over where another former co-worker was driving a farm tractor, exchanged words with him and fired a shotgun, authorities said. The victim, 66-year-old Lewis Mabrey Jr., was in good condition.


Allen then went to the company's headquarters in Lake Butler and shot 44-year-old David Griffis in the stomach, the sheriff's office said. Griffis was in critical condition.


Allen killed himself at his nearby home. Allen was the great-grandfather of Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.


Prichett Trucking's website said it employs 400 people and owns hundreds of vehicles that operate nationwide.


Associated Press


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