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3rd victim dies after Florida shooting rampage at trucking company

A Union County sheriff's spokesman says David Griffis died Tuesday, three days after he was shot in the stomach by Hubert Allen Jr.

The Associated Press

8/27/2013

LAKE BUTLER, Fla. — A third victim has died following the shootings of former trucking company colleagues by a 72-year north Florida man.

David Griffis, 44, died Tuesday, three days after he was shot in the stomach by Hubert Allen Jr., the Union County Sheriff's Office reported.

Pritchett Trucking Inc. released a statement following Griffis' death: "We are saddened today on the loss of our dear friend and colleague David Griffis. David was a remarkable man who personified true work ethic and integrity and who was an integral part of our company-and of our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends and David will always be a part of our family."

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 Griffis in the stomach, the sheriff's office said.

Allen killed himself at his nearby home. Deputies recovered a .22-caliber rifle, a .410-small-bore shotgun and an unfired .32-caliber handgun.

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

 
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