Third victim dies in Lake Butler shooting spree
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
A third man wounded during a weekend shooting spree in Lake Butler has died, Union County sheriff’s authorities said on Tuesday.
David Griffis, 44, was the fourth and final man shot by Hubert Allen on Saturday before the 72-year-old shooter killed himself at his home.
Griffis was shot while in the office of the trucking company owned by Marvin Pritchett, 80, who was the second person Allen shot that day.
Griffis was taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in critical condition after being shot in the abdomen. He was pronounced dead on Tuesday, said Sheriff’s Lt. Lyn Williams.
A statement on Pritchett Trucking’s website Tuesday praised Griffis as a valued employee and a fine man.
"We are saddened today on the loss of our dear friend and colleague David Griffis,” the statement said. “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."
Lt. Williams said Griffis was a longtime Union County resident with a wife and children.
LifeSouth Community Blood Center had set up blood donation sites at various points in Union County for residents to donate to help Griffis.
Starting around 9 a.m. Saturday, Allen -- a longtime employee of Pritchett’s company -- drove to Pritchett’s property on County Road 18, some of the thousands of acres that Pritchett owned, where he encountered Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, 28.
Allen fired several times, killing his former co-worker.
He then went a short distance to where Pritchett was on his way to bottle-feed some calves. Allen shot and killed Pritchett.
Minutes later, Allen confronted another former employee driving a farm tractor on County Road 18A. Allen pulled over and talked with Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, before firing one shot from his .410 shotgun, hitting Mabrey in the left arm and side.
Mabrey was taken by Union County Emergency Medical Services to Shands, where he underwent surgery for a broken arm and other injuries. Williams said Wednesday that Mabrey was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is doing well.
Sheriff’s officials said Monday that they had recovered several weapons in Allen’s home as well as a hand-written note identifying his intended victims. One person named in the note was not shot, and the note offered no motive for the shootings.