Six people were shot, three of them fatally, when Snochia Moseley opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Thursday, authorities said. She then shot herself in the head and died later at the hospital. It was the nation’s third workplace shooting in 24 hours, The New York Times reports.
Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler of the Harford County sheriff’s office told a news briefing that Moseley was a temporary employee who reported for work as usual, before opening fire “outside the building and inside the facility,” with a Glock 9-millimeter handgun that was legally registered to her. Two victims died at the scene and a third in a hospital. Three other victims remain in hospital with wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening, Gahler said. Law enforcement received reports of shots fired at the distribution center at 9:06 a.m., arriving at the scene five minutes later. They did not fire any shots.
Moseley’s co-worker Mike Carre told The Washington Post, “normally, she was a nice person, but she came in in a bad mood.
“She wanted to pick a fight. And then she started shooting.” According to ABC News, another eyewitness said Mosely was having an argument with someone and “went off” firing her gun in many directions. The witness said it appeared as though Mosely wasn’t targeting anyone in particular.
On Facebook, Moseley described herself as “pretty kool, mellow type, silly, party” and “sometimes quiet and to myself type of personality.” She lists ““An Eye For N Eye A Tooth For a Tooth” (Bible verse)” as a favorite quote.
“She wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person,” Troi Coley, a friend of Moseley’s since high school, told The Baltimore Sun. “I just believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw.”
In Facebook messages that Coley shared with The Baltimore Sun, Moseley described herself as transgender, although it was not clear whether Moseley preferred to be addressed using masculine or feminine pronouns. “I just started talking about [being transgender],” Moseley wrote in one message. “My sister is totally supportive, my brothers already had an idea, my mom I haven’t gotten around to admitting it to yet. but she’s heard about it somehow.”
Another friend, who said he had known Moseley since elementary school and asked not to be identified, grappled to come to terms with a complex range of emotions. “It’s catastrophic,” he said. “She did a terrible thing, but I feel for her.”
Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson said the sprawling warehouse facility employs around 1,000 people. In an interview in the morning, Alexi Scharmann told WBAL that her mother, who works inside the Liberty Building, texted her about a shooter inside the facility. “I am hiding,” her mother said. “I love you. Be good and take care of daddy and the pets if something should happen.”
A screenshot of her messages was shared widely online.
A text from a mother to her daughter during a shooting at a Riteaid warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland.
We don’t have to live this way. Our loved ones shouldn’t die this way.
Text ACT to 64433 to elect lawmakers who will finally act to stop America’s gun violence crisis. pic.twitter.com/s1gWst14In
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) September 20, 2018
Scharmann’s mother made it out safely.
“No matter where you work, learn, play, or live — you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” wrote former Arizona congresswoman turned gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords on Twitter.
Three workplace active shooting attacks in just the last 24 hours should spark outrage in every American. No matter where you work, learn, play, or live — you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) September 20, 2018
Experts estimate only around four percent of mass shooters are women, The New York Post reports. “If you look at mass shootings in the United States that have killed eight or more people, they’re all done by men,” says Adam Lankford, a criminologist at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
One of the most recent incidents of a mass shooting perpetrated by a woman was in San Bruno, California, in April, when a disaffected YouTube user shot three people at the company’s headquarters. All the victims survived their injuries.
For more on the Maryland shooting, watch the video below.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 21, 2018