||Peers say factory killer went to anger counselor
— Doug Williams sat in a meeting with managers at his factory job,
listening to them explain the importance of being honest and responsible
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.
walked out of the room, telling co-workers, "Y'all can handle
Minutes later, he returned with a shotgun
and a rifle. He sprayed the room with shotgun blasts, killing two people,
and then continued the rampage on the factory floor, leaving three more
co-workers dead before taking his own life.
said, 'I told you about (expletive) with me,' " said co-worker Brenda
Dubose, who was in the meeting.
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 whoever he thought was offending him.
Fellow employees also described him as a "hothead" who had
used racial epithets.
As recently as three weeks
ago, some employees complained that Williams arrived at work wearing a
white covering over his head, Sheriff Billy Sollie said. Some employees
found the covering offensive because it resembled a Ku Klux Klan
Hubert Threatt, a union shop steward who
had worked with Williams for 15 years, said other employees had expressed
concerns to managers about Williams over the years. Threatt said company
counselors came to the plant two years ago to work with
Threatt said Williams was generally
quiet after the counseling but once told him: "One of these days, they're
going to (expletive) me off and I'm going to come here and shoot some
Sollie said investigators were seeking
Williams' personnel records and would not comment on any problems Williams
may have had at work.
Threatt was in the main
factory building when he saw Williams with a rifle strapped to his back
and the shotgun in his hands. He said he pleaded with a Williams not to
"You could see something in his
face. He snapped," Threatt said. "He said, 'Get out of my way or I'll kill
you, too.' He slung me aside with the gun. He turned away from me and
In the next minute and a half,
Threatt said Williams killed three co-workers at point-blank range on the
Two other co-workers were already
dead and others wounded in the annex building where the meeting was held.
Nine people were hurt, including Dubose, who was shot in the hand. Several
remained hospitalized Wednesday.
Dubose said 13
employees were in the annex seated around tables when Williams entered and
"All of us just hit the floor,"
she said. "There was screaming, people falling over."