LAKE BUTLER — A longtime employee of a Florida trucking company was once very close with his former boss, even described as his right-hand man. But police say Hubert Allen Jr. drove around Saturday and shot former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing the ex-employer and another man before turning a gun on himself.
On Sunday, residents in this close-knit community near Jacksonville mourned and tried to piece together what happened. Police didn't release any new details or information on a possible motive.
"Mr. Hubert was a real quiet guy," said the Rev. Patrick Maxwell of the Victory Christian Center. "He wasn't the type who would go around and say I have a grudge against anyone."
It wasn't yet clear why Allen stopped working for Pritchett Trucking Inc.
On Saturday, Allen, 72, drove to a location owned by his former boss, Marvin Pritchett. 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 founded the firm in 1980.
Later, Allen shot two more people, Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, and David Griffis, 44, before killing himself at his home, the Sheriff's Office said. Griffis, listed in critical condition, and Mabrey in good condition, remained hospitalized Sunday, officials said.
It was clear to everyone in town that Allen and Pritchett had a good relationship at one point. "You had the assumption, no, the conviction, that they were close," Maxwell said.
Pritchett was known around town as Mr. P., a generous man who treated his employees well.
Bill Thomas, who worked as a dispatcher for Pritchett for several years, said he used to see Allen around often, overseeing Pritchett's farm.
"He was always Mr. P.'s right-hand man," Thomas said. But it had been several years since he had seen Allen, he said.