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7.8.03

Plant Shooting

A Mississippi sheriff says a gunman went from "one corner to the next" during a shooting rampage at a factory today.

Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie says the gunman opened fire at a Lockheed Martin plant in Meridian, killing five people before taking his own life. Sollie tells The Associated Press that eight other people were wounded, including two with multiple gunshot wounds.

Sollie says early reports indicate the gunman was armed with a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle, and had additional ammo.

The sheriff says it is his understanding the gunman was a plant worker, but there is no word yet on a possible motive. He says the shooter went throughout the plant, and did not confine himself to any one section.

Meridian Mayor John Smith tells CNN the town is in shock, but he says the people have "strong faith" and will emerge from this incident stronger.

Members of the clergy have been called to the plant. Families of workers are being urged to stay home to cut down on traffic congestion in the area.

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