3 killed in shooting at drugstore distribution center in Maryland

ABERDEEN, Md. — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said.

A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information.

A suspect was taken into custody and was in critical condition, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said at a news conference.

It appears there was only one weapon, a handgun, that was used and there were no shots fired by responding law enforcement officers, Gahler said.

Gahler also said multiple people had been killed and wounded in the shooting, without giving any other details on casualties.

Gahler said the call about shots fired came in from the Rite Aid distribution center about 9:06 a.m. and deputies and other officers were on the scene in just more than five minutes.

“We are so preliminary in this investigation,” Gahler said. “It’s so important that we deal in facts.”

He said authorities don’t want to “make it worse” for the families involved by giving out incorrect information.

The FBI described the Aberdeen incident as an “active shooter situation” and said its Baltimore field office was assisting.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said his office is monitoring the situation in Aberdeen and that the state stands ready to offer any support.

Susan Henderson, spokesman for the drugstore chain Rite Aid, said the shooting happened on the campus of a company distribution center in Aberdeen. She described it as a support facility adjacent to a larger building.

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