The president of the Meridian/Lauderdale County chapter of the
NAACP told NewsCenter 11 Thursday night that he wants to allow
time for an investigation into the July 8 shooting at Lockheed Martin before commenting on possible motives.
Walter Patton said an earlier report by the Associated Press from a telephone interview was inaccurate. That report had quoted him as saying he did not believe racism was the main motive behind last week's tragedy in Marion, Miss.
In a live interview on WTOK-TV late Thursday, Patton said he believes the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department should be allowed time to compile all the evidence it can into what motivated Williams to open fire.
Patton and other NAACP officials met Thursday night with about fifty Lockheed Martin employees.
Doug Williams opened fire at the plant on July 8, shooting fourteen
co-workers before taking his own life. Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie has said the victims appeared to be randomly selected.
Of the victims killed, five were black and one was white.
Investigators are still trying to figure out the motive behind the shootings and racism has not been discounted.
Employees at the Lockheed Martin plant returned to work this week.
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