Maryland shooter who killed three colleagues before fatally shooting herself felt "the world was against her"
Snochia Moseley felt alienated when she killed three people and herself in a shooting at a Rite Aid warehouse on Thursday, friends say.
Inestigating officers in Hartford County were desperately trying till late Thursday trying to piece together why Snochia Moseley killed three of her co-workers before fatally wounding herself at a Rite Aid warehouse. Authorities are yet to identify the victims, The Baltimore Sun reports.
According to Troi Coley, a friend of Moseley since high school and who had kept in touch through Facebook, the shooter was not an angry person, although she felt, sometimes, that the world was against her.
She expressed her shock when the police revealed Moseley as the person who carried out the massacre. “She wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person,” Coley said. “I just believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw.”
The 26-year-old shooter had reported for work as usual on Thursday at the warehouse, where she was a temporary employee, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. While authorities, court records, as well as a Facebook profile identified Moseley as a female, she described herself as a transgender in some Facebook messages shared by Coley with The Baltimore Sun. Also, it is unclear what her "preferred pronoun" was.
Moseley discussed beginning hormone treatment shortly, according to some messages sent in December 2016. “I just started talking about [being transgender],” Moseley wrote in another message. “My sister is totally supportive, my brothers already had an idea, my mom I haven’t gotten around to admitting it to yet. but she’s heard about it somehow.”
On Thursday afternoon, cops had to shoo people away from Moseley's address in White Marsh telling them SWAT procedures were pending.
According to a Baltimore County Schools spokesman, Moseley graduated from Overlea High School in 2011. She enrolled at the Community College of Baltimore County but did not earn a degree. Police also informed that the Glock 9 mm used in the shooting was registered to Moseley and that she did not have a criminal history.
Another friend who knew Moseley since elementary school spoke on condition of anonymity. He said that when he heard about the incident, he felt for the victims. However, upon learning that the killer was his friend, his "feelings became more complex."
“It’s catastrophic,” he said. “She did a terrible thing, but I feel for her. The first thing you think is, ‘This person is horrible,’ because you have a bias. But knowing someone, I believe everyone is human. Everyone is going through something.”
According to Coley, Moseley was an avid writer and had written a manuscript which they planned to turn into a documentary film someday.
But Moseley was apparently shy, Coley said.
She once wrote to her friend: “I hate being in the spotlight whether it’s good or bad."