McAliley was quoted as telling The Dothan Eagle that the list also included people at the sausage factory who had complained about McLendon for such things as not wearing earplugs and slicing the meat too thin.

200 rounds fired

The rampage started around 3:30pm on Tuesday and lasted about an hour, during which time McClendon fired more than 200 rounds of ammunition, the authorities said.

The shooter was reportedly shooting at random during the police chase [AFP]
First, McLendon set his mother's house on fire and killed her, then he drove nearly 20km and opened fire on his uncle's front porch, killing five more people there and his grandmother, who lived next door, the authorities said.

Then, he drove through town and fired seemingly at random, killing three more people.

With police in pursuit, he ended up at a metals plant where he once worked, and shot himself after engaging in a shootout with police.

McLendon had tried to join the police academy in 2003 but lasted only a week before dropping out, the authorities said.

A colleague at the sausage plant where he quit last Wednesday, said McClendon was shy, quiet and laid-back.