Witnesses say Snochia Moseley, 26, was arguing with a coworker moments before she opened fire at a Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Thursday morning, shooting three people before turning the gun on herself
The transgender woman who went on a shooting spree at a Rite Aid distribution center in Maryland was seen arguing with another employee moments before she opened fire, witnesses say.
Snochia Moseley, 26, shot dead three people and then herself at the Enterprise Business Park in Aberdeen shortly after 9am Thursday.
A woman whose husband was in the warehouse at the time of the rampage said Moseley had been arguing with someone near a time clock when she ‘went off’.
‘She didn’t have a particular target. She was just shooting,’ Krystal Watson told CBS at the fire station where employees were being reunited with loved ones.
Warehouse worker Walter Zambrano, 64, described how he hid in the bathroom fearing for his life after the shots rang out while his coworkers were gathering for a ‘town hall meeting’ in the cafeteria.
Speaking in Spanish, Zambrano said: ‘[The suspect] was shooting like crazy, bam! bam! bam!
‘Everyone was screaming, running this way and that. I didn’t know which way to run.’
Law enforcement on Friday released the names of the three people killed in the attack: Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old male from Baltimore County; Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old female from Baltimore County; and Hayleen Reyes, a 41-year-old female from Baltimore City.
Those injured in the rampage were Hassan Mitchell, a 19-year-old male from Harford County; Wilfredo Villegas, a 45-year-old male from Montgomery County; and Acharya Purna, a 45-year-old female from New York. They are all expected to recover.
Ambulances and fire trucks are pictured at the Enterprise Business Park following the deadly shooting on Thursday morning
A woman reacts at the scene of the shooting on Thursday morning as police work nearby. Three people were killed and three others were injured by the female shooter identified as Moseley, according to officials
At a news conference Thursday, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Moseley arrived around 6.30am for her shift at the Rite Aid distribution center, where she had been hired as a temporary employee about two weeks earlier.
Less than an hour after she arrived, Moseley left the building for unknown reasons at 7.21am and returned home, Gahler said. She then drove back to work and arrived around 8.35am.
Some 20 minutes later Moseley was seen heading inside the warehouse before exiting yet again at 9.05am.
Outside, she encountered and shot the first victim with a 9mm handgun, Gahler said.
Moseley then reentered the building where some 65 employees were working and continued firing shots, striking five people before shooting herself in the head.
Two of the victims died at the scene and one was taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead later in the day.
Gahler said investigators are still working to identify the motive for the ‘senseless crime’.
He revealed Moseley was suffering from mental illness and had become increasingly agitated in the weeks leading up to the rampage.
Speaking at the State House in Annapolis Friday morning, saying: ‘We’re still searching for answers as to what the possible motive was … It’s a tragic situation with loss of life, and our prayers go out to the victims and the families, and we’re impressed with the job law enforcement did.’
Moseley (above in Facebook photos from earlier this year) opened fire using a 9mm handgun which she legally owned outside the business park at 9.06am then made her way inside where she continued shooting before committing suicide
Mike Carre, who works at a business next door to the Rite Aid warehouse, said he called 911 after a wounded man came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg.
Carre said the victim told him the shooter ‘just came in in a bad mood this morning. He said she’s usually nice. But today, I guess it wasn’t her day. She just came in to pick a fight with someone.’
‘She pulled out a gun and she just started shooting at her co-workers.’
A high school friend of Moseley’s, Toni Coley, told the Baltimore Sun the suspected shooter often felt alienated, but she ‘wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person’.
‘I just believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw,’ she said.
Moseley had multiple outstanding tickets for registration violations and a lack of insurance, and just last week, the courts were asked for permission to take the outstanding fines to trial.
But tickets were not her only problems – Coley told the Baltimore Sun Moseley had come out to her family as transgender in December 2016 and wanted to begin hormone therapy.
At present, it is not known if she did commence hormone therapy, or if Moseley, known to friends as ‘Sno’, used male or female pronouns.
Coley and Moseley were intending to create a documentary on Moseley’s life before she died, based off a manuscript the Rite Aid worker had written.
Other friends paid tribute to her on social media, claiming she had been consumed by mental illness and had reached out for help multiple times before shooting at her colleagues.
One friend, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Sun he was at first appalled to hear about the shooting, but immediately felt heartbroken when he discovered who was behind it.
‘It’s catastrophic,’ he said. ‘She did a terrible thing, but I feel for her.
‘The first thing you think is: “This person is horrible,” because you have a bias. But knowing someone, I believe everyone is human. Everyone is going through something.’
There was an enormous police presence at the Rite Aid warehouse afterwards and for much of the afternoon as authorities worked to close off the crime scene and evacuate anyone still in the building
Two women embrace after leaving the business park where the shooting happened on Thursday morning
The warehouse is at the intersection of Spesutia Road and Perryman Road.
Nearby are other businesses, a school, a church and an apartment complex.
They were all put in lockdown as the shooting unfolded.
Rite Aid confirmed that the shooting was in one of their buildings and said they learned about it from someone inside.
In a statement, the company said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the events that transpired this morning at the Liberty support facility, which is part of Rite Aid’s Perryman Distribution Center in Aberdeen, Md.
‘Local authorities have confirmed that there are multiple fatalities and casualties.
‘We are continuing to work closely with authorities as they conduct their investigation.
‘The facility has been closed and we are assessing when it will be reopened.’
The shooting took place inside this Rite Aid distribution facility in Aberdeen, Maryland. There are two components to it – a large, 1,000 worker warehouse and a smaller satellite office of around 65 people (left) where it is believed to have taken place
This is the business park where the incident unfolded. There are a number of warehouses and Rite Aid has two facilities in it – one which houses 30 people and another where around 1,000 work. It is a huge, 2,010 sq ft workplace
The business park is located about 27 miles northeast of Baltimore. While it was unfolding, workers inside sent terrifying messages to their relatives including Alexi Scharmann whose mother sent her these heartbreaking messages (right)
‘Grief counselors will be made available to our associates and will remain available as long as they are needed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident, as well as their loved ones.’
As the shooting unfolded, terrified workers text their loved ones to tell them there was a shooter in the building.
Rite Aid issued this statement on Thursday afternoon
Alexi Scharmann told local station WBLA-TV that her mother, who works in the Rite Aid building, sent her and her sibling a message to tell her she was hiding.
They read: ‘I love you both more than you will ever know. There is a shooter in the building. ‘I am hiding. I love you.
‘Be good and take care of daddy and the pets if something should happen,’ she said.
She had to wait another hour before learning that her mother was safe and had escaped.
Others appealed frantically for information on social media asking if anyone knew whether their loved ones were safe. Police later set up a staging area for victims’ relatives to gather in.
A Harford County Rescue Vehicle is pictured at the scene of the mass shooting at a Ride Aid warehouse on Thursday
Armed officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were on the scene along with local law enforcement and FBI agents
A team of tactical agents gather at the scene of the workplace shooting on Thursday morning in Aberdeen, Maryland
Armed police work at the scene of the shooting on Thursday morning
State troopers remained on the scene to direct traffic, which was severely affected by the incident, afterwards
An ATF officer walks around the business park with a sniffing dog. The park is home to several businesses, all of which were put in lockdown after the shooting
Roads were closed and trains which stopped nearby were also being halted.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he is closely monitoring the horrific shooting.’
‘Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support,’ he said on Twitter.
As the shooting was unfolding, workers in the neighboring offices and warehouses were put on lockdown.
‘There’s a lot of police activity and ambulances and fire engines,’ one said. ‘They have the whole area blocked off. We’ve not been able to get in and out.’
‘We have our business locked down, since we’re so close. There’s not any way to get out of the area,’ David Graf, who works for New German Performance, told WBAL-TV.
Multiple people were shot at the business park in Aberdeen, Maryland. Above, police at an apartment building nearby