Lockheed is the biggest Offense Contractor in the US.
They make weapons that kill and mame poor men,women and children.
The fact that an employee has killed 5 others and himself is shocking
and yet ironic.
Also depressing is how big the Offense Industry is in the US and how
many Americans need it for their livelihoods.
Of course its a big employer in Bush's Texas!
The racist motive is being used so far but I wonder...
MERIDIAN, Miss. - An employee wielding a shotgun and a rifle opened
fire at a Lockheed Martin plant Tuesday, killing five people and
wounding as many as eight others before fatally shooting himself,
Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie confirmed the deaths and
injuries. He said eight were taken to hospitals, some in critical
condition. "He had a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle and he
appeared to open fire at random on employees," Sollie said.
"At first I thought it was something falling on the ground. Then I
walked to the aisle and saw him aiming his gun. I took off. Everybody
took off," said Booker Steverson, a Lockheed Martin employee who was
helping assemble an airplane when he heard the first shot.
The sheriff's department did not immediately confirm the name of the
shooter, but co-workers said it was Doug Williams. Steverson said
Williams was known as a "racist" who didn't like blacks. Williams was
"When I first heard about it, he was the first thing that came to my
mind," said Jim Payton, who is retired from the plant, but had worked
with Williams for about a year.
He said Williams had talked about wanting to kill people.
"He said, 'I'm capable of doing it,'" Payton said of Williams.
The shooting broke out around 9:30 a.m. Sollie said no other
individuals were involved and his officers were securing the scene.
Investigators had no motive, he said.
Sollie said the shooter was a Lockheed Martin employee, but he had no
information on whether the man had been in trouble with his bosses.
"We are not sure if those killed were friend or foe," the sheriff
said. "There was no indication it involved race or gender as far as
his targets were concerned."
About two dozen people waited near a busy road outside the plant at
midday. Law enforcement agents made vehicles go through checkpoints.
John Willis said he drove to the plant when he heard his brother,
assembler Thomas Willis, had been shot.
"They've just had us standing out here," John Willis said solemnly,
struggling to find words as he awaited word on his brother's
A worker who didn't want to be identified or speak to reporters was
offered a cold drink by friends. His hand shook violently as he drank
from the plastic foam cup.
Officials at the plant declined to comment and a Lockheed Martin
national spokeswoman was unable to immediately provide details.
"We're just trying to gather information and are working with state
and local authorities to determine the details of the incident," said
spokeswoman Meaghan Mariman from the company's Bethesda, Md.,
headquarters. She says the plant employs roughly 150 people.
Gov. Ronnie Musgrove said: "Mississippi's family grieves today for
this senseless tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with the families
and friends of those lost."
Meridian, a city of about 40,000 near the Alabama line, has an
economy largely dependent on the military. Besides the Lockheed
Martin plant, the area is home to a naval air station and an Air
National Guard training facility.
The Meridian plant builds parts for the C-130J Hercules and vertical
stabilizers for F-22 Raptor jets, which are assembled at the plant in
Marietta, Ga., along with military transport planes.
Lockheed Martin is the largest defense contractor in the United
States. The corporation had sales of $24 billion in 2001. It employs
about 125,000 people.
Subsidiary Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. is based in Fort Worth,
Created By: David Brennan