The authorities respond to a shooting in Harford County, Md., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Authorities say multiple people have been shot in northeast Maryland in what the FBI described as an “active shooter situation.” (Jerry Jackson /The Baltimore Sun via AP)
ABERDEEN, Md. Workers say they endured horrifying moments in the wild shot, and fear as a woman who had a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland shot at colleagues with a pistol, killing three people fatally shooting themselves.
The shooting, which authorities said was touched off when the employee got into an argument Thursday morning, sending survivors screaming and running in all directions from the Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland. Others in the neighborhood helped the injured and one person is bound with blood-soaked jeans to a wounded man’s leg trying to determined the bleeding.
Employee Walter Zambrano, 64, said he was happy that he was in a bathroom when the shooting broke out during a 9 hour morning break, as workers were gathered in a cafeteria. He hid in the bathroom until the recording is stopped, out of fear for his life.
The person was “shooting like a madman, bam! bam! bam!” Zambrano said in Spanish. “Everyone was screaming, running back and forth. I didn’t know which way to walk.”
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a press conference hours later that the woman had been identified as a temporary employee, Snochia Moseley of Baltimore County. It seems but a weapon was used — a 9 mm Glock pistol that was registered in Moseley’s name — and no shots were fired by responding police, he added.
“She had reported for her day of work as usual, and about 9 o’clock the shooting started, striking the victims, both from outside the company and within the establishment,” Gahler said.
He called it a “senseless crime,” adding investigators had no motive immediately after the shooting.
Three people were fatally shot and three were injured, but expected to survive, the sheriff said. The victims were not immediately identified. Moseley died in a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff said that the call of shots came in at about 9:06 pm, Thursday, and deputies, and other officers were on the scene in a little more than five minutes. The shooting began outside of the company and remained inside, he said.
Krystal Watson said her husband, Eric, works in the factory and told her that was telling her that the suspect had a fight with someone else in the vicinity of a clock after a “town hall meeting”.
“And they went out,” she said.
“They had no particular purpose. They was just shooting,” Watson said as they left a fire station where relatives are asked to be reunited with loved ones.
Susan Henderson, a spokeswoman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, which is described in the building where the shooting took place as a support facility, adjacent to a larger building. The company said in a statement that the facility had been temporarily closed and grief counselors were made available to employees.
The company did not immediately respond to a question about Moseley’s employment history.
Mike Carre, a representative of a furniture logistics operation in addition to the distribution center, said he helped tend to a wounded man who came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg. He called 911 for the help of colleagues wrap the man with blood-soaked jeans over his injury to cut off the blood flow.
Carre said the man told him that the shooter “was just in a bad mood this morning. He said she’s usually fun. But today, I think that it’s not her day. They just came in to fight with someone.”
“She pulled a gun and they started shooting at her colleagues.”
The attack came nearly three months after a man with a gun attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five employees. The authorities accused Jarrod W. Ramos attacks The Capital Gazette because of a long-term grudge against the paper. It came less than a year after a fatal workplace shooting in less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the warehouse, in which five were shot, three fatally.
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said that, unfortunately, shooting if these are “still a too common occurrence” in the country.
On Thursday, the 33-year-old Dominique Norton of Aberdeen, I suffered a terrible wait of almost two hours to be reunited with her mother, 62-year-old warehouse worker Irene Norton. The young woman said that she did not know that her mother was unharmed, she stepped out of the bus at the fire station and they, with tears in his eyes embraced.
“I was in tears. I was relieved and shaken,” she said. “I am praying for all the victims.”
Kunzelman reported from Havre de Grace, Maryland. Associated Press writers Eric Tucker in Washington; Bill Cormier in Atlanta; Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia; and Sarah Brumfield in Washington contributed to this report.