‘Senseless’: Victims of Maryland workplace shooting identified

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Law enforcement officials gather near the scene where a shooting took place in Aberdeen, Md., on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

ABERDEEN, Md. (NBC) — Police have identified the two women and one man killed after officials say a woman opened fire Thursday at her workplace in Harford County, Maryland.

Sunday Aguda, 45, of Baltimore County; Brindra Giri, 41, of Baltimore County; and Hayleen Reyes, 41, of Baltimore were killed, county Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference Friday morning.

Police say 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, a seasonal employee of the Rite Aid distribution center, opened fire after arriving for work Thursday.

Gahler said he has heard reports that Moseley clashed with someone the morning of the shooting. Detectives are still working to determine her motive. Still, there will be unanswered questions, the sheriff said.

“There’s just no way to make sense of something so senseless,” Gahler said. 

Family members of the alleged shooter told police after the killings she was mentally ill and had grown “increasingly agitated” in recent weeks, the sheriff said. Moseley was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, Gahler said, declining to elaborate.

Workers say they endured horrifying moments of wild gunfire and terror as the shooter fired on colleagues with a handgun, killing three people, injuring three more and then fatally shooting herself. 

The shooting sent survivors screaming and running in all directions from the Rite Aid facility. Others nearby helped the wounded and one person tied blood-soaked jeans around an injured man’s leg trying to staunch the bleeding. 

Worker Walter Zambrano, 64, said he was fortunate that he was in a bathroom when shooting broke out during a 9 a.m. morning break when workers were gathering in a cafeteria. He hid in the bathroom until the shooting stopped, fearing for his life. 

The person was “shooting like crazy, bam! bam! bam!” Zambrano said, speaking in Spanish. “Everyone was screaming, running this way and that. I didn’t know which way to run.” 

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told a news conference hours later that the woman had been identified as Moseley, of Baltimore County. It appears only one weapon was used — a 9 mm Glock handgun that was registered in Moseley’s name — and no shots were fired by responding law enforcement officers, he added.

“She had reported for her workday as usual, and around 9 a.m. the shooting began, striking victims both outside the business and inside the facility,” Gahler said. 

Moseley died at a hospital from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff said the call about shots fired came at 9:06 a.m. Thursday and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just over five minutes. The shooting began outside the business and continued inside, he said. 

The shooter used a handgun that she legally purchased in March, Gahler said. 

Susan Henderson, spokeswoman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, described 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 closed temporarily and grief counselors were being made available to workers.

The company didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry about Moseley’s employment history.

Mike Carre, an employee of a furniture logistics operation next to the distribution center, said he helped tend to a wounded man who came hobbling in, bleeding from his leg. He called 911 before helping colleagues wrap the man’s blood-soaked jeans above his injury to cut off blood flow. 

The shooting comes nearly a year after a gunman opened fire inside his workplace in Edgewood, Maryland, shooting five people, killing three. Edgewood is located about 10 miles from the site of Thursday’s shooting. 

“Another tragic event for us in Harford County,” Gahler said Thursday. “We’ve stood here before, and we stand here yet again today.”

The attack also came less than three months after a man with a shotgun attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five staff members. Authorities accused Jarrod W. Ramos of attacking The Capital Gazette because of a longstanding grudge against the paper.  

On Thursday, 33-year-old Dominique Norton of Aberdeen, endured an excruciating wait of nearly two hours to be reunited with her mother, 62-year-old warehouse worker Irene Norton. The younger woman said she didn’t know that her mother was unharmed until she got off a bus at the fire station and they tearfully embraced.

“I busted out crying. I was relieved and shaken,” she said. “I am praying for all of the victims.”

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