3 people died in Maryland factory shooting, officials say: NPR

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On Thursday, law enforcement officials stand near the scene of a shooting at Columbia Machine, Inc., in Smithsburg, Maryland.

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On Thursday, law enforcement officials stand near the scene of a shooting at Columbia Machine, Inc., in Smithsburg, Maryland.

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Three people have died and three people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on a manufacturing plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, officials say. The suspect is one of three people injured.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting took place just after 2:30 p.m. at the Columbia Machine in Smithsburg, about 75 miles west of Baltimore.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Sgt. Carly Hose told reporters there was no information immediately available about the identities of the victims or whether they were employees.

After the shooting, the suspect fled the area but was quickly found by Maryland State Police a few roads from the scene, Hose said. A state trooper and the suspect shot each other, leaving them both injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The suspect is no longer a threat to the community, officials said. Several federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF, responded to assist local authorities in the investigation of the shooting.

US Representative David Trone issued a statement on Twitter after the shooting, saying his office was in contact with authorities in the area and actively monitoring the shooting.

“If you are local, please stay away from the area while law enforcement responds,” Trone tweeted.



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