Maryland Smithsburg 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 another was 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 later hospitalised.

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 caliber, 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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State trooper injured in Maryland shooting released from hospital

The Maryland State Police trooper who was shot trying to apprehend the man who killed three people and wounded a fourth at Columbia Machine facility is reportedly recovering well and was released Friday.

The still unidentified shooter was reportedly a worker at the facility. By the time police arrived the man had fled. Officers provided the Maryland State Police with information on the alleged shooter’s appearance, and a pair of troopers eventually encountered the individual.

One of the troopers was shot during that confrontation. That trooper returned fire, injuring the suspect, and both were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Graig Graziosi10 June 2022 15:27

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Victim’s girlfriend speaks out

The girlfriend of one of the victims killed during a mass shooting at a Maryland factory shared her grief on social media Friday.

When news broke that a shooting had occurred at her boyfriend’s work, she asked her friends and family for prayers in a Facebook post.

“Please send lots of prayers!!! There was a shooting at Joshua Wallace work & I haven’t heard anything from him. Please send prayers, I’m so scared,” she wrote on the day of the shooting.

Eventually she would come to have her worst fears confirmed after learning Mr Wallace was one of the three workers killed.

On Thursday evening she shared a photos of herself and Mr Wallace on Facebook along with an announcement that he had been one of the killed individuals.

“I’m so sorry to say that Joshua Wallace was one of the ones who was killed in todays shooting.. my heart is completely shattered. I lost the love of my life today. I love you so much baby, I hate this. Our future is gone, you’re gone, I can’t believe your gone. God I love you so much,” she wrote.

Graig Graziosi10 June 2022 15:08

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Factory workers shot dead in Maryland identified

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore identified the three killed as Mark Alan Frye, 50; Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30.

Sravasti Dasgupta has more.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 13:30

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Everything we know so far

Three people have reportedly been shot dead at the Columbia Machine manufacturing plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, on Thursday.

Here’s everything we know so far:

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 13:00

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Tributes pour in for the victims

Friends and family of the victims killed on Thursday by a 23-year-old gunman took to social media to share their heartbreak.

“I’m so sorry to say that Joshua Wallace was one of the ones who was killed in todays shooting.. my heart is completely shattered. I lost the love of my life today,” wrote the 30-year-old victim’s partner on Facebook.

“I love you so much baby, I hate this. Our future is gone, you’re gone, I can’t believe your gone. God I love you so much.”

“Friends, please keep the families of my friends, my co-workers, who were murdered today in your prayers. These were good men, who did not deserve this,” wrote Dawn Johnson Greene.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 12:00

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Columbia Machine says they are working with law enforcement

Big-board mold maker and repair services provider Columbia Machine, where the gunman went on a shooting spree on Thursday, told The Sun that they are working with law enforcements 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 has been taken to the hospital,” the company said in a statement.

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

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 10:44

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Columbia Machine says they are working with law enforcement

Big-board mold maker and repair services provider Columbia Machine, where the gunman went on a shooting spree on Thursday, told The Sun that they are working with law enforcements 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 has been taken to the hospital,” the company said in a statement.

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

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 10:43

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Second shooting in two days

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

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

The accused, identified as 21-year-old Matthew Steven Lookabaugh, was charged with two counts each of attempted first and second-degree murder and first and second-degree assault.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar10 June 2022 09:30

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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 the 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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Footage appears to show Maryland state trooper confronting gunman

Footage posted to social media appears to show the moment Maryland state troopers confronting 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