LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -- 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."
Rev. Maxwell said he visited Allen's daughter and grandchildren after the shootings. The family was as surprised as the rest of the town and had no idea what sparked the shootings, Rev. Maxwell said.
Allen's wife died in the late 1990s and he lived alone.
Rev. Maxwell said Allen had developed a serious heart disease and his church had prayed for him recently. Allen, 72, didn't attend the church, but his daughter and grandchildren did.
It wasn't yet clear why Allen stopped working for Pritchett Trucking Inc.
On Saturday, Allen 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 Mr. Pritchett, 80, who founded the company in 1980.
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, Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, was in good condition Sunday, hospital spokeswoman Nickie Doria said.
Allen then went to the company's headquarters in Lake Butler and shot David Griffis, 44, in the stomach, the sheriff's office said. Mr. Griffis was in critical condition Sunday.
Allen killed himself at his nearby home.
It was clear to everyone in town that Allen and Pritchett had a good relationship at one point.
Mr. Pritchett grew up in Union County and was constantly involved in businesses, from gasoline stations to truck companies to his beloved farm, Rolling Oaks.
Residents said he was known around town as Mr. P, a generous man who gave to charitable groups and projects and treated his employees well.
Bill Thomas, who worked as a dispatcher for Mr. Pritchett for several years said Allen was the great-grandfather of NFL running back C.J. Spiller, who started a game for the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night despite the shootings.