Donald Martin Lambright
Donald Martin Lambright
Lambright in 1967.
Background information
Birth name Donald Martin Perry
Born (1938-05-21)May 21, 1938

April 5, 1969(1969-04-05) (aged 30)
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Cause of death Suicide
Parents Stepin Fetchit
Winifred Johnson
Spouse(s) Annette Lambright
Attack information
Date April 5, 1969
10:17 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location(s) Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Killed 4
Injured 16
Weapon(s) M1 carbine
.30-caliber Marlin carbine

Donald Martin Lambright was an American who killed four people and wounded 16 others when firing at cars while driving along the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States, on April 5, 1969, before committing suicide.


Donald Lambright with mother Winifred

Lambright with his mother Winifred

Lambright was born as Donald Martin Perry on May 21, 1938 as an illegitimate child of film actor and comedian Stepin Fetchit and singer Winifred Johnson. His parents separated when he was two/four years old. Mother married physician Middleton H. Lambright around 1948. They later divorced and his mother married George Lee.


Vincent Saitta, who was shot in the head, died of his wound at Harrisburg Hospital on May 9, 1969.[1]


  • Ignatius Keenan, 50
  • Ruby Keenan, 51, Ignatius Keenan's wife
  • Annette Lambright, 31, Lambright's wife
  • Vincent Saitta, 36

Among those wounded were: George A. Bonsell, Paul Keenan, 12, Alexander Saitta, 6, Rose Marie Saitta, Ernest R. Stevens, 47, and Kim Stevens, 12.


  • Clark, Champ: Shuffling to Ignominy: The Tragedy of Stepin Fetchit; iUniverse, 2005. ISBN 9780595371259
  • Watkins, Mel: Stepin Fetchit: The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry; Random House, 2010. ISBN 9780307547507

External linksEdit


  1. 5th Person Dies From Wounds Suffered In Turnpike Shooting, The Kokomo Tribune (May 15, 1969)
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