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Official says Alabama shooter had revenge list

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A man who killed 10 people and himself in an hour-long rampage in Alabama had been keeping a list of those "who done him wrong," a district attorney said Wednesday.
The list was one of several perplexing clues that emerged about McClendon's life, but authorities could not say what set him off on the Tuesday afternoon killing spree that left his mother, grandmother and other relatives dead, as well as the wife and daughters of a law enforcement officer who was trying to chase him down.
"We found a list of people he worked with, people who had done him wrong," said Coffee County District Attorney Gary McAliley in a brief interview outside his mother's house where the rampage began. The list was made up of former employers, including a sausage plant where he suddenly quit his job last Wednesday.
The rampage started around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and took only about an hour from start to finish. In that time, McClendon sprayed more than 200 rounds, authorities said.
First, McLendon set his mother's house on fire and killed her, then drove 12 miles (19 kilometers) and opened fire on his uncle's front porch, killing five more people and his grandmother, who lived next door, authorities said.
Then, he drove through town and fired seemingly at random, killing three more people. With police in pursuit, he ended up at the metals plant where he once worked, and shot himself after engaging in a shootout with law enforcement officers.
Three of the people struck on the porch of his uncle's house were the wife and two daughters of Geneva County Deputy Josh Myers, who was one of the law enforcement officers involved in the chase.
Myers' family, who lived across the street from the gunman's relatives, was visiting the home when the gunfire erupted. Only one of the children, a 4-month old-girl, survived and was in stable condition after being flown to a hospital across the border in Florida.
"I've been here 30 years, this is the worst thing that's ever happened in this community," Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward said at a news conference Wednesday morning. "We have lost friends here in our community. It's going to take a while before we can get over it."
McLendon was briefly employed by the police department in Samson in 2003 but failed to complete the academy, Alabama Bureau of Investigation Chief Jerry Connor said. More recently, he worked nearly two years at food manufacturer and distributor Kelley Foods in Elba, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of where he shot most of his victims.
Though Kelley Foods said he left voluntarily, the company was on the list of people he felt had slighted him, said McAliley. So were another of his employers, Reliable Metals in Samson, and a Pilgrim's Pride plant near Enterprise where his mother had worked. The district attorney said the mother had recently been laid off from the plant.
McClendon worked at Reliable Metal Products until 2003, when Geneva County District Attorney Kirke Adams said he was forced to resign. A co-worker there, Jerry Hysmith, echoed Kelley Foods' description, saying McClendon was shy, quiet and laid-back.
"Something had to snap," said Hysmith, 35, who lives in Samson, and worked with McClendon in 2001.
The relatives who were killed were identified as McLendon's mother; his uncle; his cousin; a second cousin; and his grandmother.
"I cried so much yesterday, I don't have a tear left in me," Myers, who did not know McClendon, said. "I feel like I should be able to walk in the house and my wife would be there, my baby girl climbing on me."
The shooting comes three years after the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Student Cho Seung-Hui shot 32 people and himself on the campus of Virginia Tech university in April 2007.
The first killed Tuesday was McClendon's mother. Authorities said he put her on an L-shaped couch, piled stuff on top of her and set her afire. He said McClendon also shot four dogs at the house.
Later at his uncle's house, he gunned down the other relatives and sent panicked bystanders fleeing and ducking behind cars. His uncle's wife, Phyllis White, sought refuge in the house of neighbor Archie Mock.
"She was just saying, `I think my family is dead, I think my family is dead,'" said Mock, 55.
Neighbor Tom Knowles saw McClendon pull up and begin firing without saying a word, leaving his victims no time to react.
"He had no expression _ just dead," he said.
McClendon went inside the house and chased Phyllis White out before driving off, Knowles said. He returned moments later in his car as if he were still looking for her. The witness then made eye contact with him.
"He had cold eyes. There was nothing. I hollered at him. I said, 'Look, boy, I ain't done nothing to you,'" Knowles said. McLendon then drove off.
After the gunman left, Knowles said he and his daughter found the baby, Ella Myers, bleeding.
McClendon shot more victims at random as he drove toward the metals plant where he once worked. At the Reliable plant, McClendon got out of his car and fired at police with his assault rifle, wounding Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey, authorities said. He then walked inside and killed himself.
Once investigators got a look at the ammunition he was carrying, they feared the bloodshed could have been worse. "I'm convinced he went over there to kill more people. He was heavily armed," said Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton.
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Associated Press Writers Garry Mitchell in Mobile and Bob Johnson in Montgomery contributed to this report.