Three people were killed and a fourth was seriously injured when a gunman opened fire on Columbia Machine Inc. A soldier and a suspect were also shot.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. – Deputies say he worked at a factory in Washington County, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon, where he was responsible for a shooting that killed three people and seriously injured a fourth.
The shooting took place at around 2:30 p.m. at Columbia Machine Inc. on Bikle Road in Smithsburg, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The three killed were identified as 50-year-old Mark Alan Fry, 31-year-old Charles Edward Minnik and 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace. A fourth victim, Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was seriously injured in the shooting and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
At a press conference on Thursday night, the sheriff’s office provided more information about what happened at the plant and the moments that followed.
“Currently, I can confirm that all the victims and suspects are current employees of Columbia Machine Inc.,” said Sheriff Doug Mullendore.
Mullendore added that the 23-year-old Spanish suspect used a semi-automatic pistol during the shooting. Authorities did not identify the suspect, as he has not yet been charged.
The suspect fled the area after the shooting, but was soon found by Maryland police near Maplesville Road and Mount Aetna Road. A state soldier and a suspect opened fire on each other; both were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.
A sheriff’s office spokesman said there was no ongoing threat to the public.
Smithsburg Mayor Donnie Souders said, “I would like to present my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families at this time.” “We also wish a full and speedy recovery to the Civil Servant who was injured in the line of duty as an officer sworn to protect and serve our community.”
Congressman David Trone (D-MD) took to Twitter after the shooting to ask officials to stay away from people in the area while conducting an investigation. The FBI and ATF were investigating the incident with Maryland state police.
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) also issued a statement after the deadly shooting.
“I am deeply saddened by the lives taken in Smithsburg today and the pain and suffering of their loved ones. “Today’s horrific shooting comes at a time when our state and nation are witnessing tragedy after tragedy, and it must end,” the statement said.
Hollen said his thoughts are with Columbia Machine workers, the Smithsburg community and everyone who is sad. He added that he was grateful to those who first intervened on Thursday, including a wounded government soldier.
Smithsburg is a community of about 3,000 people, about 75 miles northwest of Baltimore, far from the state line with Pennsylvania.
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Three people were killed and one was injured in a shooting at a factory in Maryland
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