4 killed, including female shooter, at Maryland industrial park

An employee at a Rite Aid warehouse in northeastern Maryland opened fire at work Thursday, killing three people before fatally shooting herself in the head, authorities said. 

The suspect has been identified as Snochia Moseley, 26, of Baltimore County — a temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution centre in Aberdeen, Md. — according to police.  

It appears only one weapon was used — a 9-mm Glock handgun that was registered in Moseley’s name — and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, said Harford Country Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.

He said authorities don’t know her motive. She died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said.

Gahler said three other people were wounded.

An ATF police officer with a sniffing dog walks out the site of the shooting. The shooter didn’t appear to have particular targets when she began firing, according to the wife of one of the survivors. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre said earlier it had received four patients with gunshot wounds. The hospital said it was waiting to confirm that family members have been notified before sharing any additional information.

The condition of the remaining victims was not yet clear.

The sheriff’s office said via Twitter the suspect reported for work as usual for 9 a.m. ET. and that the first report of shots fired came at 9:06 a.m., with officers responding within five minutes.

“We obviously need to methodically go through the entire complex, ensure there are no other victims inside, ensure that there is no one that was hiding from violence and ensure that there were no other suspects,” said Christie Hopkins, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.

Krystal Watson, 33, said earlier her husband, Eric, works at the facility and told her that the shooter was a female co-worker. Watson said her husband told her that the woman had been arguing with somebody else near a time clock after an internal meeting.

“And she went off,” she said.

Watson said her husband told her the shooting started in a break room.

FBI agents search the scene. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

“She didn’t have a particular target. She was just shooting,” she said as she drove away from a fire station where relatives tried to reunite with loved ones.

“She didn’t aim. She just shot,” Watson said.

Mike Carre, an employee of a furniture logistics operation next to the distribution centre where the violence erupted, says he helped tend to a wounded man.

Authorities released few details at a news conference three hours after the shooting, but said the threat was over. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun/AP)

Carre locked the doors of his workplace after the injured man came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg. He called 911 from a bathroom before helping colleagues wrap the man’s blood-soaked jeans above his injury to cut off blood flow.

At a nearby fire station, family members were waiting to be reunited with loved ones. Police blocked off the road outside but were waving in cars driven by people who said they were there to meet up with people who were at the distribution centre.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims on social media, and praised the efforts of first responders. 

Susan Henderson, spokesperson for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, described the site as a support facility adjacent to a larger building.

Henderson said the company is co-operating with the investigation.

The site is about an hour north of Annapolis, where nearly three months ago a man armed with a shotgun attacked a newspaper office, killing five staff members.

Harford County executive Barry Glassman said incidents like this are “becoming a too-often occurrence not only in Harford County but in the country.”

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