Officials with the Meridian-Lauderdale County chapter of the NAACP said Wednesday they have asked the state chapter to assist an investigation into a deadly shooting July 8 at Lockheed Martin in Marion, Miss.
"Once the investigation is completed, the branch will share its findings and make recommendations to Lockheed Martin," said president Walter Patton. "However, based on complaints received to date, it appears that race was, in fact, the overriding factor for the shooting."
Seven people, including gunman Doug Williams, died from their injuries. Five were black.
Cong. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi's Second District has called for a federal investigation.
Local law enforcement has said it's too early to say whether or not the shooting was primarily racially motivated.
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