Authorities have named 26-year-old Snochia Moseley from Baltimore County as the suspect in the shooting at a Maryland warehouse that left three dead and three others wounded.
According to the Associated Press
, Moseley was a temporary employee at the Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen where the shooting unfolded at around 9am. The suspect opened used a 9mm Glock that was registered in Moseley’s name.
After opening fire at the distribution center, apparently indiscriminately, according to the Washington Post
, Moseley later died at the hospital of a self-inflicted gun-shot wound.
Moseley, according to Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, had reported for work as usual on Thursday morning, before starting to shoot at around 9am “striking victims both outside the business and inside the facility.”
The shooting at the distribution center was the second workplace shooting that occurred in the country the span of 24 hours, as the Post notes. On Wednesday morning, 43-year-old Anthony Y. Tong opened fire on his employees at a software company in Madison, Wis., seriously injuring three people before turning the gun on himself.
Mike Carre, who works next door to the distribution center, said that employees who had sought refuge at his workplace told him that Moseley was normally a nice person, but came in on Thursday in a bad mood. Employees said that Moseley “wanted to pick a fight,” and then started shooting.
“Everybody was in shock and worried about their co-workers,” Carre told the Post. “It was horrific. I never saw anything like that in my life.”
The three victims who were hospitalized are recovering from wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening.
Troi Coley, who has been friends with Moseley since high school, told the Baltimore Sun that Moseley sometimes felt at odds with the world, but was not an angry person.
Coley was shocked to learn that Moseley was identified as the suspect.
Coley shared with the Sun messages in which Moseley identified as trans, although it is not what clear what pronouns Moseley preferred.
“She wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person,” Coley told the Sun. “I just believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw.”
Shaunise McGowan, a neighbor of Moseley’s, told the Post that Moseley was “quiet” and “a nice girl.”
“Why would she go and do something like that?” McGowan asked.
That is the question that authorities are still trying to unwrap, with Gahler noting that they were “still trying to work on any kind of motive for [the shooting].”