Authorities: Ala. shooter quit job last week

SAMSON, AL (AP) - A gunman who killed 10 people and himself in rural Alabama had trained as a police officer and quit a job at a nearby sausage plant days before the deadly spree.

Investigators say 28-year-old Michael McLendon was briefly employed by the Samson Police Department in 2003 but failed to complete the academy. More recently, he worked nearly two years at a food manufacturer in Elba, about 25 miles north of where he shot most of his victims.

The rampage started around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and took only about an hour from start to finish.

Authorities say they don't know what set him off. And the people who might be able to explain - his mother, his grandmother, his uncle and two cousins - are among the victims.

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