Maryland mass shooting latest updates: 23-year-old suspect used semi-automatic handgun to kill victims

Three dead and one critically wounded in Maryland mass shooting

Three people were killed and four wounded after a shooting at a manufacturing facility in Smithsburg, Maryland, authorities say.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death toll after violence broke out at Columbia Machine on Thursday afternoon.

The suspect was shot and injured during a confrontation with a Maryland State Police trooper, the sheriff’s office said. The trooper was shot in the shoulder but returned fire, hitting the shooter who was hospitalized.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect has been identified as a 23-year-old Hispanic male, who is also an employee at the facility. The suspect used a semi-automatic handgun, however, the exact calibre, make and model have not been released.

“The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and there remains no active threat to the community,” the sheriff’s office said.

“On June 9, 2022, at approximately 2.30 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Columbia Machine Inc., 12912 Bikle Road, Smithsburg, MD, for reports of an active shooter,” the department stated.

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‘Committed to meeting your pain with action’, says senator

Senator Chris Van Hollen said action must be taken to stop the killings in the wake of a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States this past month.

“I’m devastated by the lives taken today in Smithsburg and for the pain, their loved ones are experiencing. Today’s horrific shooting comes as our state and nation have witnessed tragedy after tragedy,” he said in a statement.

“We must act to address the mass shootings and the daily toll of gun violence in our communities. I am committed to meeting your pain with action,” Mr Van Hollen said.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 08:30

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Maryland senator responds to ‘horrible tragedy’

ICYMI: “Horrible tragedy in Smithsburg. My thoughts are with all of the families of the victims today. This cannot keep happening. Thankful to the local law enforcement, Maryland State Police, FBI, ATF and any others who are working to determine the details,” tweeted Senator Ben Cardin.

Graeme Massie10 June 2022 07:47

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Footage appears to show Maryland state trooper confronting gunman

Footage posted to social media appears to show the moment Maryland state troopers confront a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding one other at a Smithsburg manufacturing plant.

The widely shared 45-second clip, which The Independent has been unable to independently verify, shows several vehicles traveling at high speed pulling to the side of the road.

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Graeme Massie10 June 2022 07:12

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Maryland senator thanks law enforcement officials

Maryland senator Ben Cardin thanked local law enforcement officials, the Maryland state police, FBI, ATF and other authorities who were working to determine the details of Thursday’s mass shooting.

“Horrible tragedy in Smithsburg. My thoughts are with all of the families of the victims today. This cannot keep happening,” he wrote on Twitter.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 06:45

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Support for stricter gun control laws hits highest level in a decade, poll says

ICYMI: Support for tougher gun control laws in the US is at its highest level in a decade, according to a new poll.

The study found 59 per cent of Americans think it is more important to control gun violence, compared to 35 per cent who want to protect gun rights.

Bevan Hurley has the details.

Graeme Massie10 June 2022 06:10

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Suspect used semi-automatic handgun for shooting

The shooting suspect, a 23-year-old Hispanic male, used a semi-automatic handgun to kill the victims, authorities said on Thursday.

However, the exact calibre, make and model were not released by the Washington County sheriff’s office.

“The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and there remains no active threat to the community,” the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect is in law enforcement custody at Meritus Medical Center.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 06:03

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Victims were all employees of the facility

The people killed in the mass shooting were all employees at Columbia Machine, police said.

The victims have been identified as Mark Alan Fry, 50; Charles Edward Minnick, 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30.

The fourth person who was critically injured has been identified as 42-year-old Brandon Chase Michael, Washington County sheriff Doug Mullendore said.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 05:43

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Locals asked to stay away from the area

Congressman David Trone on Thursday said his office is “actively monitoring” the mass shooing in Smithsburg.

“If you’re local, please stay away from the area as law enforcement responds,” he said.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 05:13

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Police confirm three dead and one critically injured in shooting

ICYMI: “On June 9, 2022, at approximately 2:30 PM, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Columbia Machine Inc., 12912 Bikle Road, Smithsburg, MD, for reports of an active shooter,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.

“Units immediately responded and located 4 victims, 3 of which were deceased at the scene and one who was critically injured. The suspect fled the scene prior to Law Enforcement’s arrival.

“The description was quickly released to additional responding units and the suspect vehicle was encountered by Maryland State Police in the area of ​​Maplesville Road and Mount Aetna Road, gunshots were exchanged between the suspect and the Trooper.

“Both were injured and transported for medical treatment. Multiple Federal Agencies, including the FBI and ATF, have responded to assist in the investigation into the incident. There is no confirmed active threat to the community in relation to this incident. “

Graeme MassieJune 10, 2022 05:08

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Shooting suspect in custody

The shooting suspect, a 23-year-old man from West Virginia, has been taken into custody, police said after a video emerged of the gunman and troopers exchanging fire.

The sheriff’s office said they won’t name the suspect until he is officially charged.

“Units immediately responded and located 4 victims, 3 of which were deceased at the scene and one who was critically injured. The suspect fled the scene prior to Law Enforcement’s arrival.

“The description was quickly released to additional responding units and the suspect vehicle was encountered by Maryland State Police in the area of ​​Maplesville Road and Mount Aetna Road, gunshots were exchanged between the suspect and the Trooper. Both were injured and transported for medical treatment,” authorities said.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 04:59

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