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Union County sheriff: No motive yet in Pritchett Trucking Company shooting

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UNION COUNTY, Fla. -- Union County Sheriff Jerry Whitehead said Monday afternoon that investigators have not yet determined a motive in Saturday's deadly shooting at Pritchett Trucking Company.

Whitehead said a note that appeared to be a "suicide note" from shooter Hubert Allen Jr. was recovered by police.

The note, which was three-quarters of a page long, may have been added to over time, Whitehead said.

Allen detailed who he was going to harm in the note and did not kill everyone he listed in the note. Whitehead said one other target listed in the note is "fine."

Also recovered were a .22 rifle, a .410 shotgun and a .32 handgun.

The two surviving victims, Lewis Mabrey Jr., 66, and David Griffis, 45, are still in the hospital. Mabrey is expected to be released sometime this week while Griffis is still "very critical," Whitehead said.

Whitehead said Allen lived in a Lake Butler home that was built for him and owned by his employer, Marvin Pritchett, who Allen killed.

Allen had never had any run-ins with the Union County Sheriff's Office before, Whitehead said.

Investigators found no indication that Allen's employment had been terminated and Pritchett Trucking Company told police that Allen had retired nine days earlier.

On a personal level, Whitehead called Marvin Pritchett a "special person in his life," as Pritchett was married to his aunt on his mother's side. He said his aunt was "hanging in there."

"It's been tough," he said, "but we'll get through it."

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