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

Three dead and one seriously wounded in Maryland shooting

Three people died and four were injured after a shooting at a factory in Smithsburg, Maryland, officials say.

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

The suspect was shot and wounded during a confrontation with a Maryland state police officer, the sheriff’s office said. The officer was shot in the shoulder but retaliated, hitting the gunman 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 semiautomatic weapon, however, the exact caliber, make and model were not disclosed.

“The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and there is 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 said.

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Columbia Machine says it’s working with law enforcement

Large board mold maker and repair service provider Columbia Machine, where the gunman carried out a shooting on Thursday, said The sun that they are working with law enforcement officials.

“We are deeply saddened to report that there was a shooting at our Smithsburg facility earlier today at approximately 2:30 pm. Three of our team members were tragically killed and one was taken to hospital,” the company said in a statement.

“We are working closely with local authorities as the investigation continues. Our highest priority during this tragic event is the safety and well-being of our employees and their families.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 10:44 am

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Columbia Machine says it’s working with law enforcement

Large board mold maker and repair service provider Columbia Machine, where the gunman carried out a shooting on Thursday, said The sun that they are working with law enforcement officials.

“We are deeply saddened to report that there was a shooting at our Smithsburg facility earlier today at approximately 2:30 pm. Three of our team members were tragically killed and one was taken to hospital,” the company said in a statement.

“We are working closely with local authorities as the investigation continues. Our highest priority during this tragic event is the safety and well-being of our employees and their families.”

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 10:43 am

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Second shot in two days

Thursday’s mass shooting near Smithsburg was Washington County’s second gun violence in two days.

On Wednesday, a 19-year-old was shot outside the Valley Mall in Halfway, Herald-Mail Media reported.

The defendant, identified as Matthew Steven Lookabaugh, 21, was charged with two counts of attempted murder in the first and second degrees and first- and second-degree assault.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 9:30 am

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‘Committed to facing its pain with action’, says senator

Senator Chris Van Hollen said action must be taken to stop the killings after a series of mass shootings that raged across the United States last month.

“I am devastated by the lives taken today in Smithsburg and the pain your loved ones are feeling. 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 number of gun violence in our communities. I am committed to facing your pain with action,” said Van Hollen.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 8:30 am

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Video appears to show Maryland state trooper confronting gunman

Images posted on social media appear to show the moment Maryland state police officers confront a gunman suspected of killing three people and wounding another at a Smithsburg factory.

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

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Graeme MassieJune 10, 2022 7:12 am

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Maryland Senator Thanks Police Officers

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin thanked local law enforcement officers, the Maryland State Police, the FBI, ATF and other officials who were working to determine the details of Thursday’s mass shooting.

“Horrible tragedy at Smithsburg. My thoughts are with all the victims’ families today. This can’t keep happening,” he wrote on Twitter.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 6:45 am

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Support for tougher gun control laws reaches highest level in a decade, poll says

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

The study found that 59% of Americans think it’s more important to control gun violence, compared to 35% who want to protect gun rights.

Bevan Hurley has the details.

Graeme MassieJune 10, 2022 6:10 am

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Suspect used semi-automatic revolver to shoot

The suspect in the shooting, a 23-year-old Hispanic man, used a semiautomatic weapon to kill the victims, officials said Thursday.

However, the exact caliber, make and model were not released by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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

The suspect is in police custody at Meritus Medical Center.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 06:03

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The victims were all employees of the facility.

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

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

The fourth person seriously injured has been identified as 42-year-old Brandon Chase Michael, Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 5:43 am

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Residents ask to stay away from the area

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

“If you are local, please stay away from the area while the police respond,” he said.

Alisha Rahaman SarkarJune 10, 2022 5:13 am

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