Aug 3, 2010 2:24 PM by Letitia Walker
MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) - A woman who knows the driver who
fatally shot at least eight co-workers and himself at a Connecticut
beer distribution company says he had complained of racial
harassment at work.
Joanne Hannah says her daughter dated Omar Thornton for the past
eight years. She says her daughter had no indication he planned
anything violent Tuesday morning after he was asked to resign from
Hartford Distributors and refused.
Hannah says Thornton, a black man, had complained to his
superiors about a picture of a noose and a racial epithet in a
bathroom at the distributor. Her daughter told her the supervisors
did not respond to his complaints.
Hannah says Thornton called his own mother after the rampage
"to say goodbye and that he loved everybody."
Company officials have not responded to requests for comment.