Update: Rite Aid Shooter Was a Transgender Who Died from a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound
The Rite Aid shooter, Snochia Moseley, 26, was a transgender, according to the Baltimore Sun. “Sno” as her friends called her, was a temporary worker at the Rite Aid Distribution Center in Perryman, Maryland. Police said she had a mental illness, but was able to legally purchase the handgun she used to kill 3 people at her work, and wound three others.
She shot herself in the head and later died at the hospital, raising the death toll for the incident to 4. Initially, police thought she was a victim, and later learned she was the shooter.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters that Moseley was diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016, but refused to give any other details on her illness.
Moseley had been at the business for less than two weeks. She was hired as a holiday season employee.
According to the AP, Sheriff Gahler provided other details:
“Gahler identified the three people Moseley fatally shot as Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old man from Baltimore County; Hayleen Reyes, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore; and Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore County…
…She entered the building at 6:30 a.m. As people lined up to come in the building, Gahler said she cut in line and words were exchanged, but it was a “little incident.” She left around 7:21 a.m. Moseley, who had worked security jobs in the past, drove to her White Marsh home and got a handgun, pepper spray and handcuffs. She arrived back at the parking lot around 8:35 a.m. and entered the front door around 8:52 a.m.
He says she pulled a hooded shirt over her head and began shooting, striking and killing Aguda outside the building. Inside, where there were about 65 people, she fatally shot Giri and Reyes and also shot Mitchell, Villegas and Purna, who survived. She shot herself twice before police arrived, he said – once with a grazing wound and then with the fatal shot. She was already down when officers arrived and an officer moved her from the scene, not knowing that she was the shooter, he said.
When asked how Moseley could legally buy a gun after being diagnosed with a mental illness, officials said it had not been determined that she had a “propensity for violence to self or others.”
It is unknown whether the diagnosis of mental illness had anything to do with her transgender status.
We have mentioned for years that just having a “diagnosis” of mental illness does not translate to stopping a person from purchasing a gun. She was once a security employee, so there would have been no red flags on her background check. She had several tickets that were pending in court at the time of her death, and one unresolved lawsuit, but no arrests.