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Maryland shooting witnesses describe ‘shocking’ event in Rite Aid distribution center

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Reports of ‘multiple victims’ in Maryland shooting

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The reported deadly shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland, Thursday morning shook the nearby community, which the residents described facility employees as “attaches” and “beautiful.”

Alexie scharmann said her mother was at work on the “Liberty Support Facility,” a part of the distribution area, when shots started to ring out.

“There’s not that many people who work there. Everyone is so nice there, that is why it is a shock,” scharmann told WBAL.

Scharmann revealed heart-stop text messages she exchanged with her mother and younger brother minutes after the first shots were reported around 9 hours

“I love you more than you’ll ever know. There is a shooter in the building, I am hiding. I love. Well. Take care of papa,” the woman wrote to her children. About an hour later, scharmann said her mother confirmed that she was “out and safe.”

Another witness, identified only by his first name, Bo, told the news station he was a few blocks away from the shooting when he saw police cars and ambulances suddenly zip by.

“I love you more than you’ll ever know. There is a shooter in the building, I am hiding. I love. Well. Take care of papa.”

‘MULTIPLE VICTIMS’ REPORTED IN MARYLAND SHOOTING, SHERIFF SAYS

“We have totally bombed…I don’t overdo it — 20-30 of the police, and ambulances, and everything started to pour. At that time, blocked us in and we tried to run,” he said. “They tell us that there is an active shooter.”

It didn’t take long for the authorities to clear the road, Bo added.

“They came in groups of 10. I’m not kidding, and they were almost no people out of the way,” he said.

Colleen Hendrickson told WJZ she was trying to catch a bus to work in the area when she was notified about the active shooter situation. The local had never thought that something like this could happen in her own backyard.

“It is very scary as it just right for the door, because you can see that a billion news stories about shooters, on emergency cases, and it still doesn’t make it real for you,” she said. “I think that for many people now, and there is a lot of people still affected by this, [police] are still looking, and it’s been a few hours at this point, or about an hour and a half. It is just crazy and it is still sinking.”

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press at least three people were killed in the shooting, although the official stressed the number was based on preliminary data.

Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson says authorities are on the place and the company is cooperating with the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jennifer Earl is an SEO editor for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @jenearlyspeakin.

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