FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Max Samis, Press Secretary
Brady Campaign Statement on Fatal Shooting in Aberdeen, MD
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2018 – Once again, a community is left reeling following a fatal shooting, this time at a Rite Aid distribution center in Aberdeen, MD. With four dead, including the shooter, and three injured, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence issued a statement expressing outrage at yet another mass shooting in America.
Brady co-presidents Kris Brown and Avery Gardiner stated:
“It is heartbreaking and appalling how frequently we must bear witness to innocent people being gunned down for something as simple as going to work, school, church, or simply going about their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, but we know that is not enough. As a nation, we dishonor their memories if we do nothing further. We must take immediate action to ensure that the epidemic of gun violence in our country is brought to an end, that we pass legislation in every state and on the federal level to prevent guns from ending up in dangerous hands. And if our elected officials won’t actively support policies to save lives, then we will actively ensure defeat in November.”
As of Thursday afternoon, police have confirmed that seven people were shot, including the shooter, with three expected to survive. The suspect was a 26-year-old woman who worked as a temporary employee at the distribution center; according to a 2014 FBI study, of the 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S. between 2000 and 2013, only 3.8 percent of attacks involved a female shooter.
This is the third workplace-related shooting to take place over the past two days, including shootings at a software company in Middleton, WI and at a courthouse in Masontown, PA. Earlier this summer, another Maryland workplace shooting killed five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, MD.
The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. For more insight on gun violence prevention, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BradyBuzz.
About Us: The Brady Campaign and Center, united with the Million Mom March, is a national network of over 90 grassroots chapter affiliates mobilized to prevent gun violence at the community level. The network has played a vital role in expanding Brady background checks in the six states that have passed legislation since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and produced one of the largest national protests of gun violence in U.S. history - The Million Mom March, Mother's Day 2000.