Authorities respond to a shooting with multiple victims in Harford County. (Baltimore Sun)
Breaking: The lone suspect was in custody and in critical condition, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. He did not specify the number of victims.
A shooting involving multiple victims has been reported near Aberdeen, Md., authorities said.
The Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official said three people were killed. The Washington Post couldn’t immediately confirm the number of possible injuries or fatalities.
Deputies were dispatched at 9:09 a.m. to the area near Spesutia and Perryman roads. Harford County Fire officials said the incident happened at a Rite Aid distribution facility.
Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson said the company has a distribution center at the location early reports indicate the shooting occurred in a building called the Liberty Support facility. She said she didn’t know if the shooter was a Rite Aid employee.
Henderson said products are received from manufacturers at the Rite Aid center in Harford County and sent to stores across the country.
In a Twitter message, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said “the situation is still fluid.” They advised people to avoid the area. Agents from the FBI and the Baltimore office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also responding to the incident.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said on Twitter that he was “closely monitoring the horrific shooting in Aberdeen.” He went on, “our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The State stands ready to offer any support.”
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) on Twitter called the situation “just horrific,” adding, “I’m monitoring this carefully, and urge residents to stay clear of the area until further notice.”
Businesses and roads in the area are closed. The location is about 70 miles northeast of Washington.
A man who said he was two blocks from the area told WBAL-TV that dozens of police officers arrived, jumped out of their cars and began to run.
Authorities respond to a shooting with multiple victims in Harford County. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Workers at a nearby auto repair shop said they locked their doors. There are several businesses in the area that are housed in warehouses.
One woman told WBAL that her mom works at a building in the area and she became worried after not immediately hearing from her. As she was on the phone with the TV station, she got a text from her mom indicating that she was okay.
It is not clear where in the area the shooting happened.