A factory employee in Meridian, Miss., killed five co-workers and wounded nine others before killing himself yesterday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that some local residents blame racial hatred. The shooter, Doug Williams, 48, was white, and all but one of the other five people who died at the Lockheed Martin aircraft parts plant were black.
Lynette McCall was shot dead about 10 a.m. Her husband, Bobby, said, “She said he made threats against black people … Obviously, he was a sick guy. I wish somebody had given him some help before he . . . destroyed my life and my kids’ life.” Williams had worked at Lockheed since 1984. Company officials would not say whether any disciplinary actions had been taken against him.
The shooting was the nation’s most lethal workplace attack in 2 1/2 years. On Dec. 26, 2000, seven people were killed by a software tester in Wakefield, Mass.