Lockheed Sued by Victims and Employees

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A year after the deadliest plant shooting in Mississippi, a federal lawsuit has been filed by 47 Lockheed Martin employees and relatives of employees claiming the company ignored numerous complaints that Doug Williams threatened to kill black co-workers months before the shootings.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in United States District Court in Jackson against Lockheed Martin. The plaintiffs claim that Lockheed managers failed to protect their employees and ignored signs of Doug Williams' instability. They are being represented by Meridian attorney Bill Ready, Sr.

On July 8, 2003 Doug Williams opened fire and killed five co-workers, injured eight and then killed himself.

There had been speculation the shooting was racially motivated. Five of the six people Williams killed were black and of the eight wounded three were black.

Stay tuned to Newscenter 11 for continuing coverage this week of the anniversary of that tragic day.