LAKE BUTLER, Fla. – A longtime employee of a Florida trucking company drove around Saturday shooting former co-workers and his onetime boss, killing two and wounding two, authorities said. The gunman then killed himself.
Hubert Allen Jr., 72, shot the men at several locations around Union County, including the headquarters for Pritchett Trucking Inc., according to a Union County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Authorities said Allen shot and killed former co-worker Rolando Gonzalez-Delgado, 28, about 9 a.m., then went a short distance and fatally shot his former employer, 80-year-old Marvin Pritchett.
A few minutes later, he pulled over where another former co-worker was driving a farm tractor, exchanged words with him and then fired one shot from a shotgun, authorities said. That victim, 66-year-old Lewis Mabrey Jr., was in good condition and receiving surgery for a broken arm and other injuries.
Not long after that, Allen went to the company’s headquarters and shot 44-year-old David Griffis in the stomach, the release said. Griffis was in critical condition. Authorities say Allen then returned to his Lake Butler home and killed himself.
Authorities were interviewing witnesses and company employees and working to determine a motive.
7 more settle suits against Penn State
Seven more men, including Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son and a Sandusky victim key to longtime coach Joe Paterno’s firing, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school’s former assistant football coach, their lawyer says.
Settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky, the young man known as Victim 2 in court records and three other victims who testified last summer at Jerry Sandusky’s criminal trial, Philadelphia attorney Matt Casey said.
Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family.
Crews battle to save Yosemite sequoias
As a wildfire rages along the remote northwest edge of Yosemite National Park, officials cleared brush and set sprinklers to protect two groves of giant sequoias.
The iconic trees can resist fire, but dry conditions and heavy brush are forcing park officials to take extra precautions in the Tuolumne and Merced groves. About three dozen of the giant trees are affected.
All of the plants and trees in Yosemite are important, but the giant sequoias are incredibly important both for what they are and as symbols of the National Park System, spokesman Scott Gediman said.
The fire, which has been burning for a week, held steady overnight at nearly 200 square miles along the park’s northern border.
Mogul sued over ‘Trump University’
New York’s attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony Trump University that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of The Apprentice TV star.
UN joins Congo in battling rebels
U.N. forces joined Congolese soldiers on the front line Saturday where they fought rebels in the country’s volatile east for hours, officials said, as border tensions escalated between Rwanda and Congo.
Scores of angry residents took to the streets of Goma in protest after several days of violence that have left at least seven dead in this city of nearly a million people near the Congo-Rwanda border. Two civilians died in the demonstrations, and the U.N. called for a joint investigation.
The U.N.’s new intervention brigade, which has a stronger mandate than past U.N. peacekeeping missions and is authorized to fight the rebel forces operating in eastern Congo, engaged last week in fighting for the first time since it was created in March.
Tunisians demand government resign
Thousands of Tunisians demonstrated Saturday night in front of their national assembly, kicking off a week of planned protests to call for the resignation of the Islamist-led government.
The assassination of a left-wing politician in July – the second such killing in five months – has plunged the country into a political crisis, with the opposition accusing the government of failing to maintain security or restart the economy.
We tried you, you failed, now leave, chanted protesters in the first demonstration of what is being called the week of departure for the government.
Suspect arrested in Lebanon bombing
Lebanese security forces arrested a suspect Saturday in connection with the devastating double bombing the day before that killed at least 47 people in the northern city of Tripoli, the state news agency said.
The National News Agency identified the suspect as Sheik Ahmad al-Ghareeb, and said police took him into custody at his home in the Miniyeh region outside Tripoli.
It said al-Ghareeb, who has ties to a Sunni organization that enjoys good relations with Lebanon’s powerful Shiite Hezbollah militant group, appears in surveillance video of one of the explosions.