UPDATE: Rite Aid Shooter Had History Of Mental Illness According to Authorities

Heather Curtis
WMAL.com

WASHINGTON (WMAL) – Family members of the woman who opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland Thursday told authorities she had become agitated over the last two weeks, and they were worried.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said during a search of 26-year-old Snochia Moseley’s home Thursday, investigators found evidence that she suffered from mental illness. He did not go into details about the diagnosis but said it was made in 2016.

No evidence related to the shooting was found at her home, and Gahler said they still don’t know what prompted Moseley to shoot six people Thursday morning- ultimately killing three and injuring three others – before turning the gun on herself.

“I know so many people out in the public are looking to make some sense of this, and there’s just no way to make sense of something that’s so senseless,” Gahler said.

Moseley reported to her temporary job at the distribution warehouse around 6:30 a.m. Thursday according to Gahler. He said she left at 7:21 a.m., went to her home in Baltimore County and then drove back to the facility. She got there around 8:35 a.m. and stayed in the parking lot until 8:53 a.m. when she went back inside. The sheriff said surveillance video showed her leaving the building at 9:05 a.m. and shooting her first victim before going back inside and shooting five other people and herself.

In all, Moseley fired 13 rounds, according to Gahler, from a gun she purchased legally.

Maj. Jack Simpson said Moseley only met one of two standards required to refuse a gun purchase in Maryland. One is a diagnosis of mental illness, which she did meet. The other is a propensity of violence to oneself or others before a person files an application to buy a gun. Simpson said she did not meet that requirement.

“It appears that she was certainly targeting individuals,” Gahler said.

A community vigil for the victims will be held Friday night at the Cranberry United Methodist Church, and a fund has been set up with the Victoria Russell Foundation to raise money for the families of the victims.

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