We're about to take you inside what a group of terrified people witnessed. A gunman with a grudge. A massacre at a defense plant. Was it a worker who'd snapped and "gone postal," as the saying goes, or a one-man race war? It's a shocking "Primetime" investigation with a warning to viewers. You're about to hear some harsh language and see some graphic pictures. Here's ABC's Chief Investigative Correspondent, Brian Ross.
BRIAN ROSS, ABC NEWS
Within minutes of this phone call, six people inside a Lockheed Martin aircraft plant in Meridian, Mississippi would be dead.
911, send somebody to Lockheed.
Many had feared this day was coming.
We've got a shooting at Lockheed, in the industrial part, northeast. Please hurry. Hurry.
Okay, ma'am, they're on the way.
A police videotape retraced the killer's steps through the plant. Horrified workers had begged to be saved.
Tell me where the man is that's doing it.
We don't know. He was on the production floor. We understand. That is the last thing I know.
As he moved along the plant floor, where workers build US military jet aircraft, the killer seemed to know who he was looking for.
BOBBY MCCALL, HUSBAND OF VICTIM
He had a list, and he called his list the "good niggers and the bad niggers."
What was he wearing?
I don't know.
Do you know who it is?
Yes. His name is Doug Williams.
The name was no surprise to many at the plant. Doug Williams, a long-time Lockheed employee, who for more than a year made no secret that he was preparing for a race war.
Did Mr. Williams ever say to you that he was going to kill, and excuse me, I've got to say it this way, some Black mother (censored)?
And did you report that to anybody at management?
Yes, I did.
At the age of 48, Williams was outraged when Black workers at the plant complained about his racial slurs or got better-paying jobs. Williams' computer log-in was "white power."
AARON HOPSON, LOCKHEED MARTIN EMPLOYEE
He said, "You know, one of these days I'm gonna come in here and kill a bunch of niggers, and then I'm gonna kill myself."
What happened that day at the Lockheed plant was soon forgotten by the rest of the country. Quickly described by the Lockheed company as just another tragic, senseless workplace shooting.
But an investigation by "Primetime Live" along with documents the Lockheed company tried to keep secret reveals there is much more to it than that. It is a story of open racism, ugly slurs, violent threats and a plant owned by the country's largest defense contractor.
BILL BLAIR, LAWYER
I can't imagine a hate crime that had more forewarning than this one did.
Bill Blair is a lawyer for the family of one of Williams' victims now suing Lockheed.
Lockheed is responsible for maintaining a workplace where people aren't threatened with death and called nigger.
The final straw for Williams was in this room, where he had been called to a diversity and ethics training class and was seated next to certain Black workers. He stormed out. Some white employees say a supervisor then warned them to beware of Williams.
LOCKHEED MARTIN EMPLOYEE