Gunman, boss in Fla. shooting were once close

LAKE BUTLER, Fla. (AP) — Residents in the close-knit Florida community of Lake Butler are trying piece together why a longtime employee of a trucking company went on a shooting spree.

Police say Hubert Allen Jr. drove around Saturday and shot former co-workers and his onetime boss, Marvin Pritchett. Authorities say Allen killed Pritchett and a former co-worker and wounded two other former co-workers before he killed himself.

Residents said Allen and Pritchett were once close. Pritchett was known around town as Mr. P, a generous man and friendly boss. They describe Allen as a quiet man without grudges who recently developed heart disease.

Police didn’t release any new details Sunday or information on a possible motive.

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