Ala. Gunman `Cleaned his Family Out' in Shooting Rampage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The man believed responsible for gunning down 10 people in rural Alabama quit his job at a sausage plant days before the deadly spree.

Police investigate the scene in Samson, Ala., where Michael McLendon shot and killed four members of his family and five others before turning his gun on himself

The man believed responsible for gunning down 10 people in rural Alabama quit his job at a sausage plant days before the deadly spree.

Kelley Foods says 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 think McLendon was responsible for Tuesday's deadly spree 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 are among the dead.

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Police are sorting out the details of shootings scattered across two rural counties near the Alabama-Florida border that left at least ten people dead.

The shooting is believed to be the worst mass killing by a single gunman in Alabama's history.

Authorities say 27-year-old Michael McLendon of Kinston burned down his mother's home with her still inside, killed five people on a porch and then targeted strangers before killing himself.

The rampage ended at the metals plant where McLendon had once worked. He killed himself after a shootout with police. Authorities say McLendon was either fired or resigned from his job at the metals plant in 2003.

Samson Mayor Clay King says he knew McLendon and can't say what triggered the shootings.


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