Security unchanged after plant shootings

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Security measures at

Lockheed-Martin Pike County Operations remain unchanged in the wake of a shooting at Lockheed's plant near Meridian, Miss.

Tuesday, Lauderdale County, Miss. authorities identified the gunman as Doug Williams, who was an assembler at the plant. He killed six, including

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two Alabama residents who worked in Meridian, and injured 13 others.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our employees and their families during this trying time.

This was a senseless act of violence," said Meghan Mariman, a spokesman for Lockheed. "The safety and welfare of our employees is Lockheed Martin's highest priority.

Our people are our most valuable asset."

Mariman said the Mississippi plant was a minimum-security plant because the type of subassembly work done there was not of a classified nature.

She said that security at Pike County Operations was much tighter, reducing the likelihood of a similar occurrence here.

Lockheed Martin is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and employs about 125,000 people worldwide. The Mississippi facility employs about 100.