As many as three people have been killed in a shooting at a RideAid distribution center in Aberdeen, Maryland. Authorities were called to the warehouse at 9:06 a.m. on September 20 in the 1500 block of Perryman Road. A law enforcement official told the Associated Press that three people had been killed at the center. The report stresses that the information is “preliminary.”
The shooting was first confirmed by the Harford County Fire Department. The distribution center is located in the Enterprise Business Park. The Harford County Sheriff’s Department described the situation as “fluid.” The department is being assisted by the FBI and ATF in the investigation.
Fox Baltimore reports that several of the shooting victims are being treated at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
The status of the suspect has not been confirmed by authorities. MSNBC reports that the suspect is a female and that she is “down.” While NBC Baltimore reports that the female suspect has been taken to a nearby hospital. She is in critical custody. Authorities do not believe there is an outstanding threat to the community. The weapon has been recovered.
The shooting occurs nearly a year after five people were shot, three fatally, at a granite kitchen countertop business in Edgewater, Maryland.
The town of Aberdeen is located around 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. There are more than 1,000 people employed at the warehouse. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tweeted, “We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting in Aberdeen. Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support.”
A witness told NBC Baltimore, “We were like two blocks over when we got completely bombarded by- I’m not exaggerating – 20-30 cops, and then ambulances and everything started pouring in. At that point, they blocked us in and we tried to turn around. They’re telling us that there is an active shooter.”