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US gunman left list of those who wronged him

 The interior of the home of suspected gunman Michael McLendon's mother Lisa McLendon is seen early Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in Kinston, Ala.  The bl...
 Josh Myers, left, a deputy with the Geneva County Sheriff's department whose wife and daughter were killed in a Tuesday shooting in Samson, is consol...
 Family members of shooting victim James Alfred White, 55, son-in-law Earl Johnson, back left, his wife KayJohnson, right, and their son, no name give...

South Alabama Shootings

The interior of the home of suspected gunman Michael McLendon's mother Lisa McLendon is seen early Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in Kinston, Ala. The bl...

South Alabama Shootings

Josh Myers, left, a deputy with the Geneva County Sheriff's department whose wife and daughter were killed in a Tuesday shooting in Samson, is consol...

South Alabama Shooting

Family members of shooting victim James Alfred White, 55, son-in-law Earl Johnson, back left, his wife KayJohnson, right, and their son, no name give...

The gunman who killed 10 people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him, authorities said Wednesday.
The lists, found in his home, included a metals plant that had forced Michael McLendon to resign years ago, District Attorney Gary McAliley said. Also on the list was a sausage factory where he suddenly quit last week and a poultry plant that suspended his mother, McAliley said.
McAliley said pages torn from a spiral notebook also included the names of co-workers who he felt had wronged him, including one who reported him for not wearing ear plugs, another who made him clean a meat grinder and a supervisor who didn't like the way he cut pork chops.
McLendon, who killed his mother to start the rampage, took his own life at Reliable Metals, where he worked until 2003. McAliley said he believes McLendon had planned more violence at the Pilgrim Pride plant in Enterprise, where his mother worked before she was suspended, and at Kelly Foods in Elba, where he recently quit.
The district attorney said a piece of paper found in the mother's house also included the names of nine lawyers in the area. He said McLendon apparently wanted to hire a lawyer in a dispute with members of his family over getting a family Bible returned to him, but details weren't clear.
McLendon's complete work history wasn't immediately known, but he left the metals plant in Geneva in 2003 and apparently worked at Pilgrim's Pride before joining the sausage factory in 2007. The district attorney said records found in the home indicate Lisa McLendon had been suspended after being accused of misstating her hours but was due to resume work March 17.
Federal court records show McLendon and his mother are among Pilgrim Pride employees who filed a lawsuit in 2006 against the Pittsburg, Texas-based poultry firm over claims of unfair compensation. A company spokesman did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
A Pilgrim's Pride spokesman confirmed Lisa McLendon had been suspended but said details would not be discussed under company policy. An e-mail requesting comment on the lawsuit was not immediately answered.
Investigators offered no immediate explanation for why he targeted relatives and other people who weren't on the list as he fired more than 200 rounds in a roughly 20-mile trail of carnage across two counties near the Florida state line Tuesday.
In the span of about an hour, McLendon, 28, set the home he shared with his mother on fire, killed five relatives and five bystanders and committed suicide in a standoff at the metals plant.
It was not clear how long McLendon had been planning the attack, but authorities said he armed himself with four guns _ two assault rifles with high-capacity magazines taped together, a shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol _ and may have planned a bigger massacre than he had time to carry out.
"I'm convinced he went over there to kill more people. He was heavily armed," said Sheriff Dave Sutton.
This much is clear: McLendon had a hard time keeping a job over the years, and had been forced to resign from his position at a local Reliable Metals plant in 2003, authorities said. Investigators would not say why.
That same year, he tried to join the police academy, but lasted only a week before flunking out, authorities said. His next known job came in 2007, at a nearby sausage plant operated by Kelley Foods.
The company said he quit last week but was considered a team leader and was well-liked by employees. However, the district attorney said co-workers reported him for not doing things right. McAliley also said McLendon had a list of eight lawyers, a clue that he might have been planning legal action.
The rampage started at McLendon's mother's home. Authorities said he put her on an L-shaped couch, piled stuff on top of her and set her ablaze. Before he left, he also shot four dogs. Investigators did not immediately say whether the woman was dead or alive when the fire was set.
Inside the charred home, a gun safe was left with its door ajar, and military gear, including a camouflage jacket and green military-style backpack, was found about the home. In another room, remnants of his baseball career, including a 1995 All-Star trophy, were prominently displayed.
After setting the home ablaze, McLendon drove a dozen miles and gunned down three other relatives and two others on a porch and shot his grandmother at a house next door, sending panicked bystanders fleeing and ducking behind cars.
McLendon went inside the house and chased his aunt out before driving off, said Tom Knowles, who was at his son's house nearby and saw the shooting. Knowles said McLendon returned moments later in his car as if looking for the aunt, then turned and looked at Knowles.
"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 left for good.
Then, McLendon shot three more people at random as he drove toward the metals plant, firing from his car. One woman was hit as she walked out of a gas station. Another person was hit while driving. One man was shot while walking.
At the metals plant, McLendon got out of his car and fired at police with his assault rifle, wounding Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey, authorities said. Then he walked inside and killed himself.
The victims included the wife and 18-month-old daughter of sheriff's Deputy Josh Myers, who was sent to chase McLendon.


Updated : 2021-06-15 20:24 GMT+08:00