A shooting Thursday at a Rite Aid warehouse center near Aberdeen, Maryland, left “multiple fatalities” and many wounded, sheriff’s officials said.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler called the shooting a “tragic event” but declined to specify the number of dead and injured or to take questions from reporters at a news conference.
The sheriff said a suspect, who appeared to use a single handgun in the shooting. was hospitalized in critical condition. Gahler said no shots were fired by law enforcement officers but did not elaborate on how the suspect was injured.
The Associated Press quoted an unidentified law enforcement official as saying three people were killed in the incident 55 miles northeast of Baltimore.
A law enforcement official told WBAL-TV’s Jayne Miller that the suspect is female and has been taken to a hospital.
The shooting occurred at a Rite Aid support facility, and “what I understand is the location is secure,” Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson said. Roughly 1,000 employees work there, she said.
“The distribution center is where products are received and processed for delivery,” she said. “This is part of a large facility that is a distribution center. The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building.”
Alexi Scharmann told WBAL that her mother, who works inside the Liberty building at the distribution center, texted her about a shooter inside the facility. The mother told her to take care of her father and the dogs. She was silent for more than a hour before notifying a family member that she was safe.