Weeks of harassment and slurs from coworkers who called him a homosexual may have been too much for Leslie Torrey, 21, the laborer accused of leveling a shotgun at a Jackson, Mich., factory lunchroom and wounding 17 coworkers, his wife said.

Torrey was in court Friday for arraigment on 16 counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of simple assult in connection with Thursday's lunchtime fusillade at the Pittsburg Forgings Co. plant.

Torrey's wife said he had told her before his initial court appearance Thursday of remarks by his fellow workers. "Somebody's been bothering him at work, calling him names - names like 'fag,' and other things," she said.

In Seattle, police yesterday held a suspect in the execution-style slaying of four persons, one of them a 3-year-old girl. Detectives declined to name the suspect. They said the suspect is 38 and was arrested without incident and booked without charge at King County Jail.

Authorities said they had no information on a possible motive for the attack.

Meanwhile, in Battle Creek, Mich., a nursing assistant, apparently upset after receiving a two-week dismissal notice, has been charged with shooting three nursing officials at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Hospital.

The 38 year-old suspect, whose identity was withheld pending his arraignment, was being held without bond Friday in the Calhoun County Jail, police said.