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The Lockheed Martin shooting was an act of workplace violence that occurred on July 8, 2003, at the Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, Mississippi. The gunman was a 48-year-old divorced father of two. He was an assembly line worker at the plant. He shot 14 of his co-workers with a shotgun, killing six of them, before committing suicide.

On the day of the shooting, the gunman attended a mandatory ethics and diversity class together with 13 others. According to some colleagues, he arrived at the plant in a very agitated state and made threats to kill other workers. Others, who said they talked to him prior to the shooting, stated that he "gave no indications that anything was wrong". The gunman only stayed at the meeting for a few minutes. After having a normal conversation with his colleague Al Collier, who described it as a "friendly little talk", the gunman suddenly stormed out of the room, saying "Y'all can handle this." Telling his supervisor, Jeff McWilliams, that he would take the matters into his own hands, the gunman went to retrieve several guns from his pickup truck.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the gunman entered the room, yelling "I told y'all to stop fucking with me! Didn't I tell y'all not to fuck with me?", and began shooting. He first killed Mickey Fitzgerald, who tried to calm him down, with a shot in the face, before turning his attention towards a group of four workers on the floor. Remarking "There's four right there", the gunman killed Sam Cockrell, who he believed had made complaints about him to the management; he wounded Al Collier, who was shot in the back and right hand, and he wounded Charles Scott, and fatally wounded DeLois Bailey when she tried to flee. Steve Cobb, the plant manager, as well as Brad Bynum, Chuck McReynolds, and Brenda Dubose, whose head and hand was grazed by bullet fragments, were also wounded by the ricochet. The gunman then went out of the room, but returned after a short while and, searching and calling for Jack Johns, the production manager, continued shooting.

The gunman eventually left the annex and headed for the main factory, searching for other employees who had reported him to the management for making racist threats. There, he was apprehended by his colleague Pete Threatt, who tried to take away his gun, but the gunman pushed him out of the way, lowered the shotgun with the words "Get out of my way or I'll kill you, too" and moved on. While Threatt tried to make the others aware of the gunman, screaming for people to take cover, the gunman walked through the plant and shot five other people, most of these shootings were at point-blank range. He killed Charles J. Miller, Thomas Willis, and Lynette McCall at their workstations and wounded Henry Odom and Randy Wright, before his girlfriend and co-worker, Shirley J. Price, began pleading with him to stop shooting. The gunman then committed suicide in front of her by shooting himself in the torso. His rampage had lasted approximately ten minutes.

Three more weapons were later found in his car by police: a .22 Magnum Derringer, a .45-caliber Ruger P90 pistol, and a .22-caliber rifle with a scope.[6]