Three People Killed, Two Wounded in Shooting by Employee at Maryland Machine Plant

Three people were killed and two injured, including a state trooper, in a shooting at a machine plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. The suspect, an employee, was also wounded and is in custody.

Authorities responded to a reported shooting at Columbia Machine Inc. at around 2:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Facebook. Upon arrival, they found three people dead and one in critical condition.

During a press conference late Thursday, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore identified those killed as Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; Joshua Robert Wallace, 30; and Mark Alan Frey, 50.

Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was injured. They were all current employees at Columbia Machine Inc.

The suspect, who fled the scene, was located in a vehicle by Maryland State Police. He exchanged gunfire with a trooper. Both were taken to a hospital with injuries, the sheriff’s office said. A semiautomatic handgun was recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Sophie Reardon

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