C.J. Spiller’s step-grandfather is believed to have gone on a shooting spree today in Florida before taking his own life.
Two of the victims of the attack are dead.
Hubert Allen Jr. reportedly walked into the trucking company where he used to work this morning and shot and killed a former co-worker as well as the 80-year-old owner of the firm.
Pritchett Trucking Inc. where Allen worked for over 30 years is located in Lake Butler, Fla., about two hours north of Orlando.
Allen subsequently encountered to other employees at separate locations and shot them. One of those men was critically injured while the other is in stable condition.
After opening fire on the the five men whom he knew personally, Allen, 72, went home and shot himself.
The Union County Sheriff’s Department has not yet determined a motive for the shooting spree, such as whether Allen might have been recently fired by the company. A police investigation is underway.
C.J. Spiller, the star running back for the Buffalo Bills, was in action today in a pre-season game against the Washington Redskins. “Spiller, who scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run, was aware of the grim news, Bills director of media relations Chris Jenkins said, adding inside the locker room that Spiller would not discuss questions about the incident with the media,” USA Today reports. ‘”As far as I know, he knew something was happening personally, but we didn’t have any information prior to the game,’ Marrone said. ‘No one knows all of the facts. So we are not going to comment at this time.”’
Spiller was born in Lake Butler and attended Union County High School and Clemson University. The Bills drafted the former All-American in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
A statement posted on the Pritchett Trucking website stated that “Today’s tragic events have shocked and saddened the Pritchett Trucking family. We mourn the loss of our founder, Marvin Pritchett, and of Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, and we pray for the recoveries of Lewis ‘Buddy’ Mabrey Jr. and David Griffis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of their families, and at this time our sole focus is on those impacted by today’s events. Words cannot express the pain and sorrow felt by so many yet we are comforted by the memories of those lost.”