What Happened:

On September 20, 2018, a disgruntled employee opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center near Aberdeen, Maryland, roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore. The shooter fatally shot three people and injured three others before turning the gun on herself.

 

According to ABC Action News:

Snochia Moseley showed up for work at the warehouse at her normal time. She opened fire outside the building and on the warehouse floor, then fatally shot herself in the head with the same 9 mm Glock pistol.

 

When the gunfire erupted, Alexie Scharmann got a series of text messages from her mother. “I love you… more than you’ll ever know,” said her mother, who works at the facility near Aberdeen. “There’s a shooter in the building. I’m hiding. I love you.” Scharmann’s mother survived the shooting.

 

“You can’t have enough police, and you can’t have them fast enough,” Sheriff Jeff Gahler said.

 

Colleen Hendrickson lives and works in the area and was waiting for the bus when the shooting started. “It’s really just usually very calm, and this is the most chaotic I’ve ever seen it,” she said.

This was the third workplace shooting to occur in a 24-hour span.

 

According to CNN:

Just one day prior to the Aberdeen shooting, an employee at a Wisconsin software company opened fire at the office, wounding three coworkers and forcing others to hide under desks. About an hour and a half later, a gunman wounded four people at a Pennsylvania municipal building before he was fatally shot by police.

 

In a span of 24 hours, three seemingly safe places of business in America turned into danger zones. “Three workplace active shooting attacks in just the last 24 hours should spark outrage in every American,” former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said in a statement.

 

“No matter where you work, learn, play, or live — you have a right to feel safe, and I’m horrified that that’s no longer the reality in America,” Giffords said.

How Mayday Safety could have helped:

Immediate notification.

The Mayday Safety app has a “panic button” that would have simultaneously alerted the entire distribution center’s 1,000 staff members as well as local law enforcement and first responders that there was an active shooter in the facility. This could have cut down on response time and saved lives.

Clear instructions.

Leadership and staff could have already been trained on what to do during an active shooter event. Everyone could have been alerted to exactly what was going on and how to react.

Safety Checks/Status.

Every member of the distribution center’s staff with the Mayday Safety app could have checked in “safe” so that leadership and first responders knew who needed help.

Nearby lockdown/notification.

Businesses and residents nearby could have immediately been alerted about the emergency, so police efforts were not being used to corral people away from the scene in the event the shooter exited the building or there were other shooters in the area. Those nearby could have also been notified to keep the roads clear for first responders.

 

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