Girl­friend: Shooter prone to vi­o­lence be­fore Har­ford ram­page

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Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

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— The girl­friend of a woman who gunned down three co­work­ers at a Mary­land ware­house told in­ves­ti­ga­tors her com­pan­ion was prone to vi­o­lent out­bursts, heard voices in her head and had threat­ened her with a gun be­fore Septem­ber’s ram­page, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Snochia Mose­ley, 26, legally pur­chased the hand­gun she used to fa­tally shoot three peo­ple and wound three oth­ers be­fore killing her­self at a Rite Aid drug­store distri­bu­tion cen­ter in Har­ford County, au­thor­i­ties said.

Her girl­friend, 34-year-old Sharon For­rest, told sher­iff’s of­fice de­tec­tives she knew Mose­ley had a gun in their Bal­ti­more County apart­ment but hadn’t seen it since Mose­ley “pulled it on her” a few months be­fore the Sept. 20 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,” says the re­port, which the sher­iff’s of­fice 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 had been 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

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to kill her­self but did not be­lieve that Mose­ley could kill any­one else,” the re­port says.

How­ever, For­rest also told de­tec­tives Mose­ley had 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 adds.

In March, Mose­ley bought the 9 mm Glock she used in the shoot­ing. A men­tal ill­ness doesn’t dis­qual­ify some­one from legally pur­chas­ing a gun in Mary­land. Buy­ers can’t pass a back­ground check if they were ei­ther 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’s not clear from 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, spokesman for the Mary­land Of­fice of the Chief Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner.

A wit­ness told po­lice For­rest was get­ting evicted from her apart­ment and had 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 says.

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 TV 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 says.

Killed in the shoot­ing were Brindra Giri, 41, of Bal­ti­more; Hayleen Reyes, 21, of Bal­ti­more; and Sun­day Aguda, 45, of Dun­dalk.

Giri, a mother of two, had re­cently moved to the U.S. from her home­land of Nepal to join her hus­band. Aguda, a na­tive of Nige­ria, had mar­ried his wife in Fe­bru­ary and had been work­ing at the fa­cil­ity for only three weeks, ac­cord­ing to the Sun. Reyes had moved to the U.S. from the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic five months be­fore the shoot­ing and had lived with her fa­ther and her 1-year-old daugh­ter, the news­pa­per 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 says.

Mose­ley, a tem­po­rary em­ployee who had worked at the Rite Aid fa­cil­ity for just over 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 reen­ter­ing 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 Mose­ley sent just be­fore the shoot­ing. It told her she could pick up her car at the ware­house fa­cil­ity.

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In this Sept. 20, 2018, file photo, ATF po­lice of­fi­cer with a sniff­ing dog walks out the in­dus­trial com­plex in Har­ford County. The girl­friend of Snochia Mose­ley, who gunned down three co­work­ers at a Mary­land ware­house, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that her com­pan­ion was prone to vi­o­lent out­bursts, heard voices in her head and had threat­ened her with a gun be­fore Septem­ber’s ram­page, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press.

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