At Least Three Killed in Mass Shooting at Maryland Business

At least three people were killed and one was critically injured in a mass shooting at a manufacturing business in Maryland on June 9.

The shooting unfolded at around 2:30 a.m. local time at the Columbia Machine on Bikle Road in Smithsburg, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the state capital of Baltimore, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook.

The suspect had already fled the scene before officers arrived, but a description quickly circulated to additional responding units to track down the suspect.

The Maryland State Police encountered the vehicle of the suspect and they exchanged gunfire, injuring the suspect and one trooper.

Both the suspect and the trooper are now in the hospital for treatment with their conditions unknown.

“There is no confirmed active threat to the community in relation to this incident,” the sheriff’s office said.

The motive for the shooting is currently unknown.

Multiple federal agencies, including the Baltimore branches of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, responded to assist in the investigation.

Congressman David Trone said on Twitter that his office is “actively” monitoring the incident and is in contact with officials on the ground.

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

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said at a press conference that he has been briefed on the incident.

Columbia Machine is a manufacturer of concrete products equipment, according to its website.

The attack comes after a series of mass shootings across the United States, including the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York where 10 Black people died and the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where 19 students and two teachers died.


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