Update: Alabama Shooter Depressed Over Failures

By: Bob Johnson / AP Writer
By: Bob Johnson / AP Writer

Officials say the man blamed for the worst massacre in Alabama history was depressed and frustrated with his inability to become a Marine or a police officer.

Authorities say 28-year-old Michael McLendon killed five family members and five other people before fatally shooting himself Tuesday.

Barry Tucker with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation says McLendon had told a confidant in the days before the shootings that he was depressed and unfulfilled. He'd been a Marine briefly but was discharged for falsifying information. He also tried and failed to become a police officer.

Authorities also say he left a letter saying he had killed his mother and planned to kill himself. He also mentioned a family dispute over a legal issue but authorities say he didn't reveal plans to kill any one else.


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