Hubert Allen Jr. went on a shooting spree in northern Florida over the weekend, killing his former boss and a co-worker, while injuring two others, reports WPTV. Here’s what you need to know.
1. It Happened in Lake Butler in Northern Florida
Most of the shootings happened in Lake Butler in northern Florida. The Union County town is a small community with fewer than 2,000 residents.
2. Allen is a Former Florida Trucking Company Employee
Hubert Allen Jr., 72, is a former employee for the Florida trucking company, Pritchett Trucking. According to its website, the company employs over 400 people and owns hundreds of vehicles that operate across the country.
“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,” the company said in a statement.
3. He Killed Two People in a Shooting Rampage
Police: 3 Dead, 2 Injured In Shooting Spree: Hubert Allen, Jr. shot a man at the trucking company where he use… http://t.co/mtpJdrCPDp
— WCTV Eyewitness News (@WCTV) August 24, 2013
Around 9 a.m. on Saturday, Allen drove to a property owned by the trucking company and shot and killed former co-worker Rolando Gonzales-Delgado, 28. He then traveled to a nearby location and killed his former boss and the company’s founder, Marvin Pritchett, 80. Afterwards, he drove over to another former co-worer, 66-year-old Lewis Mabrey Jr. fired his shotgun. Mabrey was listed in the hospital in good condition. Allen then went to the Pritchett Trucking headquarters and shot 44-year-old David Griffis in the stomach. Griffis, however, is currently in critical condition. Finally, Allen went to his home and killed himself.
4. He Left a Note Listing His Victims
The Sheriff discusses a note left behind by the shooter Hubert Allen. @WUFTNews
— Lauren Crawford (@LaurenEvaMarie) August 26, 2013
Police discovered a note left by Allen, which included a list of his victims and revealed that the rampage was premeditated.
“Further investigation revealed by a handwritten note at Allen’s house that this was a premeditated event targeting these individuals,” according to a news release.
5. There is No Known Motive
Shooter ID'd by Sheriff as Hubert Allen. Recently retired from working for Pritchett. No indication that he would do this. @wjxt4
— WJXT Ashley Harding (@AshHardingNews) August 24, 2013
Police are still investigating a motive for Allen’s actions. Allen, however, was once considered one of Pritchett’s top assistants. It is not known why he left the company.
“The note did not reveal a motive.”
Rev. Patrick Maxwell of Victory Christian Center said even family members do not know why Allen went on the shooting spree.