- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2003

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Doug Williams sat in a meeting with managers at his factory job, listening to them explain the importance of honesty in the workplace.

Also on the agenda: getting along with co-workers, regardless of their sex or race.

But at some point during the meeting Williams had heard enough. He walked out of the room, telling co-workers, “Y’all can handle this.”

Minutes later he returned with a shotgun and a rifle. He sprayed the room with shotgun blasts, killing two persons, and then continued the rampage on the factory floor, leaving three more co-workers dead before taking his own life.

“He said, ‘I told you about [expletive] with me,’” said co-worker Brenda Dubose, who was in the meeting.

Williams, a 48-year-old white man, had undergone anger counseling at least once in the past couple of years, frustrated because he thought black people had a leg up in society, co-workers said.

They said Williams was also angry that he had been passed over for promotions at the Lockheed Martin aircraft-parts plant where he had worked for 19 years. Co-workers said he kept “score” on whomever he thought was offending him.

Fellow employees also described him as a “hothead” who had used racial epithets and made threats against blacks.

As recently as three weeks ago, some employees complained that Williams arrived at work wearing a white covering over his head that resembled a hood, Sheriff Billy Sollie said. Some employees found the covering offensive because it resembled a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

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