First picture of female Maryland shooting suspect who killed three then herself

A woman who killed three people at a business park in the US before turning the gun on herself has been identified by police.

Snochia Moseley, 26, opened fire at the Rite Aid pharmacy distribution centre in Aberdeen, Maryland, where she worked as a temporary employee.

The shooting unfolded shortly after Moseley reported for work around 9am on Thursday, Harford County sheriff said.

Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said investigators have not yet determined a motive, but the shooting is believed to have been sparked by a work-related grievance.

The fact that the assailant was a woman was unusual given that the overwhelming majority of mass shootings in the United States are committed by men.

Gahler said Thursday’s gun rampage began outside the warehouse and then moved inside, but investigators were still piecing together the precise sequence of events.

He said a total of seven people were hit by gunfire and that four, including Moseley, were killed.

The three others were expected to survive, according to the sheriff. He said the suspect shot herself in the head.

No shots were fired by any law enforcement officers, he said.

A witness, Bo, who did not want to share his last name, described the scene to WBAL.

"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," Bo said.

“Police have arrived at the facility and we are cooperating fully with their investigation regarding this incident,” Susan Henderson, the Rite Aid spokeswoman, said.

The Rite Aid centre, located among other warehouses in an industrial park, has nearly 1,000 employees, company spokesman Pete Strella said.

The facility packages pharmaceuticals and other products for delivery to more than 2,500 stores.

Police spent several hours searching the 210,000-square-foot (19,510-square-meter) building for any possible additional victims, the sheriff’s office said.

Governor Larry Hogan wrote on Twitter : "Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support."

A caller, identifying herself as Alexi, told WBAL her mother had texted her from the Liberty Building reporting there was a shooter in the facility.

Agents from the Baltimore offices of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the FBI also responded, the agencies said.

The shooting occurred a day after a man shot and wounded four people, including a police officer, at a Pennsylvania court building before he was killed by police, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

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