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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The girlfriend of a woman who gunned down three co-workers Sept. 20 at a Maryland warehouse told investigators that her companion was prone to violent outbursts, heard voices in her head and threatened her with a gun before the rampage, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press.
Snochia Moseley, 26, legally purchased the handgun she used to shoot three people to death and wound three others before killing herself at a Rite Aid drugstore distribution center in Harford County, Md., authorities said.
Sharon Forrest, 34, Moseley’s girlfriend, told detectives that she knew Moseley had a gun in their apartment in Baltimore County, Md., but hadn’t seen it since Moseley “pulled it on her” a few months before the warehouse shooting. The report doesn’t say whether she reported that incident to authorities.
“Forrest advised that Moseley was a kind person until she was manic then she was physically and emotionally violent,” according to the report, which was released Tuesday in response to a public-records request.
Maj. William Davis of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said in September that Moseley had been diagnosed with acute schizophrenia, The (Baltimore) Sun reported. But when she filled out the paperwork for buying a handgun, Moseley answered “no” to questions about whether she had been diagnosed with a mental illness, Davis said.
Forrest said Moseley was depressed due to money problems and didn’t appear to be taking medication for her mental illness.
“Forrest advised that she thought sometimes that Moseley may have wanted to kill herself, but did not believe that Moseley could kill anyone else,” the report said.
Forrest also told detectives that Moseley sent her a text message “talking about getting a machete to cut up people.”
“Forrest stated that (Moseley) talked open-ended like that a lot, and she did not believe her when she did,” the report said.
Moseley bought the 9 mm Glock she used in the shooting in March.
A mental illness doesn’t disqualify someone from legally purchasing a gun in Maryland. Buyers can’t pass a background check if they either were involuntarily committed for any period of time or voluntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility for at least 30 consecutive days.
Forrest said Moseley heard voices in her head, “which usually freaked her out.” It is not clear in the report whether that response to the voices referred to Moseley or Forrest.
Forrest killed herself several weeks after the warehouse shooting, according to a Baltimore County Police Department report.
Forrest’s Oct. 31 death was caused by asphyxia and was ruled a suicide, said Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
A witness told police that Forrest was getting evicted from her apartment and seemed “unstable at times” since her girlfriend’s death. Text messages on Forrest’s cellphone appeared to be addressed to her deceased girlfriend and said “she was going to be with her soon,” the report said.
Forrest told detectives that she wished she had been awake when Moseley returned home from work to retrieve her gun on the morning of the shooting “so she could have stopped her.” After she woke up and saw television news reports on the shooting, she called Moseley, but immediately suspected she was responsible for the bloodshed.
“Forrest said she went to the closet to check for Moseley’s gun, found the empty case, and Forrest said she just knew Moseley was involved with the emergency,” the report said.
Killed in the shooting were Brindra Giri, 41, and Hayleen Reyes, 21, both of Baltimore; and Sunday Aguda, 45, of Dundalk, Md.
Giri, a mother of two, recently had moved to the United States from her homeland of Nepal to join her husband, according to the Sun.
Aguda, a native of Nigeria, married his wife in February and had been working at the facility for only three weeks, the newspaper reported.
Reyes moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic five months before the shooting and lived with her father and her 1-year-old daughter, the Sun reported.
Forrest said she didn’t notice anything unusual about Moseley’s behavior in the days before the shooting, but she recalled Moseley saying something to herself just before they went to bed on the night before the shooting.
“Forrest asked what she was saying, and Moseley responded, ‘Just saying my last prayer.’ Forrest believed Moseley meant for the day, but now believed she may have meant for good,” the report said.
Moseley, a temporary employee who had worked at the Rite Aid facility for a little more then two weeks, arrived at work at 6:30 a.m. on the morning of the shooting.
Warehouse surveillance video shows her leaving at 7:20 a.m. before returning and re-entering the building at 8:53 a.m. The gunfire erupted at 9:07 a.m., sending dozens of workers running.
Forrest woke up less than an hour later and saw a text message that Moseley sent just before the shooting. It told her she could pick up her car at the warehouse facility.