3 killed, 2 wounded in taking pictures at Maryland machine plant; worker in custody
Three individuals have been killed and two injured, together with a state trooper, in a taking pictures at a machine plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspect, an worker, was additionally wounded and is in custody.
Authorities responded to a reported taking pictures at Columbia Machine Inc. at round 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s workplace stated in an announcement on Facebook. Upon arrival, they discovered three individuals lifeless and one in important situation.
During a press conference late Thursday, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore recognized these killed as Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; Joshua Robert Wallace, 30; and Mark Alan Frey, 50.
Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was injured. They have been all present staff at Columbia Machine Inc.
The suspect, who fled the scene, was positioned in a car by Maryland State Police. He exchanged gunfire with a trooper. Both have been taken to a hospital with accidents, the sheriff’s workplace stated. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the suspect’s car.
Maryland State Police Lt. Cnl. Bill Dofflemyer stated Thursday night that the trooper, who was recognized by Maryland State Police as a 25-year veteran of the division, is “doing well.”
During a Thursday afternoon press briefing, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stated the responding trooper was shot within the shoulder.
The gunman — recognized by Mullendore as a 23-year-old Hispanic man from West Virginia, and a present worker of Columbia Machine Inc. — is in custody on the hospital, the place he’s nonetheless being handled. Charges in opposition to him are nonetheless pending.
A motive has not but been decided.
Maryland State Police have positioned the troopers concerned within the taking pictures on administrative obligation for the rest of the investigation.
The FBI and ATF are serving to with the investigation, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Smithsburg is positioned greater than 60 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
Andres Triay contributed reporting.