According to a report in The Baltimore Sun, the suspect in Thursday’s mass shooting at a Rite-Aid distribution center in Maryland was a transgender woman who had discussed hormone treatment for a possible transition.
The revelation comes as authorities struggle to find a motive for the shooting that left four dead, including the suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two others were injured.
Snochia Moseley, a 26-year-old female, was working at the center on a temporary status when she came in to work on Thursday and began firing.
A friend of Moseley’s told The Sun that she began identifying as male in 2016.
Although friends describe her as a normally peaceful person, witnesses say she was angry and aggressive upon arriving for work, looking for a fight, before opening fire.
According to her Facebook page, her favorite Bible verse was “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” The New York Post reported.
A possible motive may have been found Friday morning, when authorities announced the suspect may have been recently diagnosed with a mental illness.
There is circumstantial, thought not definitive, evidence that hormone therapy could cause adverse behavioral reactions. A mental illness could complicate that reaction.
“I just started talking about [being transgender],” Moseley wrote in a Facebook message from December 2016, according to The Baltimore Sun. “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.”
Moseley’s motives for the shooting remain unclear. She died Thursday in a local hospital of a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. Coley, who shared Moseley’s Facebook messages with the media, said that she was not an especially angry person but often felt alienated.
“She wasn’t a monster, wasn’t an angry person. I just believe this was emotional distress. If she did this, it was her last straw,” Coley said.
Be that as it may, Mike Carre, Moseley’s coworker at Rite Aid, said Moseley desire to pick a fight was evident from the outset of the workday.
“Normally, she was a nice person, but she came in in a bad mood,” Carre said, adding “she wanted to pick a fight. And then she started shooting,” according to The Washington Post.
First picture of female Maryland shooting suspect, Snochia Moseley, 26, who killed three at Rite Aid distribution centre before turning gun on herself https://t.co/EaYuJ1r3gI pic.twitter.com/TFexNteD4V
— Natalie Evans (@NatalieEvans85) September 21, 2018
Moseley had also faced other challenges away from work.
Moseley had some minor legal trouble in the days leading up to the shooting. Police stopped her six times in a span of days from the end of August to the beginning of September and issued her tickets for expired registration plates, suspended registration, and failing to update her address with the Motor Vehicle Administration. Court records show a September 14 request to take her cases to trial.
The Baltimore County Office of Budget and Finance also sued Moseley in April over $117.
Moseley did not, however, have a criminal record, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Glock 9mm she used in the shooting was registered to her.
Here is video from Friday’s briefing from authorities.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 21, 2018
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