Five Shot and Three Dead in Lake Butler Shooting Spree
LAKE BUTLER - A shooting in Lake Butler has left three people dead - including the shooter - and two others in critical condition.
TV 20 was the first on scene when the sheriff confirmed that Hubert Allen, Jr. was the suspected shooter.
The sheriff says Allen knew all of his victims, and had worked with them all at one time or another.
One of his victims is Marvin Pritchett, prominent in North Central Florida and owner of the Pritchett Trucking Company.
Allen had worked for Pritchett for over 30 years.
We spoke to the shooter's grandchildren and they say they can't believe and don't believe their grandfather could do this.
They also say this isn't like him.
The motive is unclear to his family and police who say Hubert Allen Jr. went to Pritchett Trucking first and shot David Griffis, who is in critical condition.
Then the sheriff says Allen went to Rolling Oaks - property owned by Marvin Pritchett - where he shot and killed Marvin and also killed Rolando Gonzales Delgado.
Allen also shot Lewis Mabrey, Jr. who is currently in critical condition.
The sheriff says he then returned home and shot and killed himself.
The sheriff also confirmed the shooter is the step-grandfather of C.J. Spiller who is a Union County grad, and went on to play for Clemson and now for the Buffalo Bills.
UPDATE (8:36 p.m.)
Steve Perez, the CFO of The Pritchett Trucking Company releases a statement about the shooting spree tragedy in Lake Butler: "Today's tragic events have shocked and saddened the Pritchett Trucking family. We mourn the loss of our founder, Marvin Pritchett, and of Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, and we pray for the recoveries of Lewis "Buddy" Mabrey Jr. and David Griffis. 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."
UPDATE (9:46 p.m.)
Authorities report Lewis Mabrey, Jr. is in good condition and receiving surgery for his broken arm and other injuries. David Griffis, who was shot in the stomach, remains in critical condition.
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