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Ala. gunman quit food plant job days before spree

  Family members of victims of a shooting rampage comfort each other outside a home on Pullum Street in Samson, Ala. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A cor...
 Geneva, Ala., Mayor Winnton Malton, left, and Samson, Ala., Mayor Clay King speak with members of the media gathered outside a Samson, Ala., home ear...

APTOPIX South Alabama Shootings

Family members of victims of a shooting rampage comfort each other outside a home on Pullum Street in Samson, Ala. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A cor...

South Alabama Shootings

Geneva, Ala., Mayor Winnton Malton, left, and Samson, Ala., Mayor Clay King speak with members of the media gathered outside a Samson, Ala., home ear...

The man believed responsible for gunning down 10 in rural Alabama quit his job at a sausage plant days before the deadly spree.
Manufacturer and distributor Kelley Foods says in a statement that Michael McLendon voluntarily left the position he had held for nearly two years last Wednesday. Kelley's plant is located in Elba, about 25 miles north of where most of the killings took place in Samson.
Kelley didn't specify what McLendon's job was, but said he was a "reliable team leader" who was well liked.
Authorities believe McLendon was responsible for the deadly spree on Tuesday before killing himself. It appears to be the worst mass killing by a single gunman in state history.
The gunman's mother, four other relatives and the wife and child of a local sheriff's deputy were among the dead.
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Associated Press Writers Garry Mitchell in Mobile, Bob Johnson in Montgomery and Anna Varela in Atlanta contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-04-12 06:55 GMT+08:00