Prayers Needed: 3 Dead, 2 Injured in Workplace Shooting

September 20, 2018Sep 20, 2018

On Thursday morning, police responded to an active shooter in Maryland about thirty miles from Baltimore. Sadly, now report that the shooter shot and killed three people and wounded two others.

The shooting happened at a drugstore distribution center in Harford County, Maryland. CNN received the casualty number from police who had been briefed on the situation.

While police got the situation under control, it's not clear what happened to the shooter. The law enforcement officers who spoke to CNN didn't specify. 

However, TIME reported that the lone shooter is in the hospital in critical condition. They also reported that no shots were fire by law enforcement agents. 

"What I understand is the location is secure," said Rite Aid spokeswoman Susan Henderson.

The distribution center has roughly 1,000 employees. It's where the company's items are received and process before delivery to retail locations.

"The distribution center is where products are received and processed for delivery," she said. "The shooting happened adjacent to the primary building."

CNN spoke to a local woman about what she saw of the shooting. The woman, Colleen Hendrickson, says she was waiting on the bus nearby when someone told her about the shooting.

"I, of course, thought it was far off or, that's like down the road or something, right?" she told CNN affiliate WJZ. "No, it's right outside. It's right on the doorstep."

She detailed the emergency vehicles, including ambulances, and helicopters. She called these out of a place for the "sleepy" area.

"It's really just usually very calm, and this is the most chaotic I've ever seen it," she told the station. "It's very scary when it's just right there on your doorstep because you can see a billion news reports about shooters, about emergency instances, and it still doesn't make it real to you."

After the shooting was contained, people were still being asked to avoid the area just outside the city of Perryman. Homes, churches and a cemetery are in the vicinity. Railroad tracks run alongside a business park.

"We are closely monitoring the horrific shooting," Governor Larry Hogan tweeted. "Our prayers are with all those impacted, including our first responders. The state stands ready to offer any support."

Please pray for the family of those who were killed in the shooting. Please also keep those who were injured in your prayers, asking that they might fully recover mentally and physically from the shooting.