Federal Suit Filed in Lockheed Shooting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Alvin Collier remembers the bloody shooting spree at the Lockheed Martin plant each time he has to tie his shoes without the two fingers that were blasted off his hand.

For Bobby McCall, that summer day was the last time he saw his wife of 26 years.

It was July 8, 2003, when Lockheed worker Doug Williams left a diversity training class at the plant in Meridian, and returned with a 12 gauge shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle. He killed Lynette McCall and four others and wounded eight, including Collier, before taking his own life.

Williams, who the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission described as having created a "racially charged atmosphere," was white. Four of the dead were black, while a majority of the wounded were white.

Nearly two years after the shootings, attorney Clayton Davie of Alabama, has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Collier, the McCall’s and the family of another dead worker.

Davie says Lockheed knew of Williams' views and should have taken steps to prevent the shootings.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed, the nation's biggest defense contractor, says its management had no way of knowing that Williams would go on a shooting spree.

Now it could be up to a court to decide. The suit is still in the discovery phase and no hearing date has been set.


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