ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) — Authorities have released new details on the hours before the deadly shooting at the Rite Aid distribution center, and what the shooter did just before opening fire.
In a press conference Friday morning, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the shooter, Snochia Moseley, arrived at work at 6:30 a.m. to begin her shift.
She had been working at the Rite Aid distribution center for two weeks after being hired for the holiday season, according to Gahler.
Moseley then left at 7:21 a.m. and went to her home in Baltimore County for unknown reasons. She headed back to work and got to the front gate at 8:35 a.m.
She remains in the parking lot for about 20 minutes, and could not be seen on surveillance video. Moseley then went back into the building just before 8:55 a.m., and can be seen on surveillance video going back out of the building at 9:05 a.m.
After going outside, she pulls a hooded shirt over her head, and opens fire. She then heads back into the building and continues to fire shots.
At the time of the shooting, there were 65 workers at the warehouse, and Gahler said she waited until break time, when people would be outside. She also brought pepper spray and handcuffs.
Witnesses say Moseley did not make any comments before opening fire.
Moseley fired 13 shots in total, and she had already shot herself by the time officers arrived on scene. She used a 9mm Glock that she legally purchased in March.
Two survivors of the shooting described climbing over bodies and said Moseley was crying as she fired at her co-workers.
“She started just shooting randomly. There were tears streaming down her eyes,” one eyewitness said through a translator. “We don’t know how we survived,”
“She was always upset. She was always angry. She didn’t want to talk to anybody. She was kind of a loner,” said another survivor. Both asked WJZ not to show their faces or share their names.
They said they are still frightened and do not feel safe enough to return to work.
Both survivors said Giri is a “hero” who warned them to run after she was injured on the ground.
One said she “blacked out” amid the chaos as she hid behind some packages.
Sheriff Gahler said Moseley was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, and her family said she had become “increasingly agitated” over the past couple of weeks.
Investigators still don’t have a motive for this shooting, and Gahler says they probably won’t because Moseley killed herself.
Authorities have identified the three people killed and three others injured when Moseley opened fire.
A community vigil is set for Friday night at the Cranberry United Methodist Church. A fund to support the families has been set up with the Victoria Russell Foundation. Click here if you would like to donate to help the victims.
What We Know:
- Three people were killed, three others injured in a workplace shooting in Harford County.
- The shooting happened at the Rite Aid Distribution Center near Aberdeen.
- The call came in to police at 9:06 a.m.
- The lone female shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
- Sheriff says suspect had been diagnosed with mental illness.