At least three people dead, state trooper is injured after shooting at Maryland business: report

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The gunman's red car, with its door left open and markers on the ground, is pictured on Thursday afternoon blocked by a state trooper, five miles from the factory shooting


Three people are shot dead and four are injured – including a state trooper – after shooting at Maryland manufacturing factory

  • The three victims – Mark Alan Frey, 50; 31-year-old Charles Edward Minnick, Jr.;  and 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace – all worked at the factory
  • The 23-year-old gunman from West Virginia, who has not been named, was also an employee and remains in hospital 
  • The shooting took place inside a Columbia Machine Shop, an engineer manufacturing factory located on Bikle Road
  • Governor Larry Hogan confirmed that three people had been killed at the industrial site, where concrete products and molds are made
  • The Washington County sheriff’s office said there are ‘multiple fatalities’ at the factory, which is around 70 miles from Baltimore and 70 miles from Washington
  • Authorities said that a Maryland state trooper suffered a minor injury after a confrontation with the shooter
  • Congressman David Trone, a Democrat who represents the area, said a ‘mass shooting’ took place in Smithsburg and asked locals to stay away from the scene
  • A mass shooting is technically when four or more people are killed by a gunman 
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The three people shot dead at a Maryland factory were named on Thursday night, as the 23-year-old gunman remains in hospital. 

Mark Alan Frey, 50; 31-year-old Charles Edward Minnick, Jr.; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30, all worked at Columbia Machine Shop, an engineer manufacturing factory which creates concrete products and molds, on Bikle Road in Smithsburg.

The 23-year-old gunman from West Virginia also worked at the factory. 

The gunman’s red car was seen in NBC’s helicopter footage five miles from the scene, with the windscreen shattered by bullet holes. A state trooper’s vehicle blocked the car on the road. 

‘The suspect is no longer a threat to the community,’ the Washington County sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. 

The gunman's red car, with its door left open and markers on the ground, is pictured on Thursday afternoon blocked by a state trooper, five miles from the factory shooting

The gunman’s red car, with its door left open and markers on the ground, is pictured on Thursday afternoon blocked by a state trooper, five miles from the factory shooting

Emergency personnel at the scene of the shooting in Smithsburg where police confirmed up to three people were shot dead on Thursday

Emergency personnel at the scene of the shooting in Smithsburg where police confirmed up to three people were shot dead on Thursday

Emergency personnel at the scene of the shooting in Smithsburg where police confirmed up to three people were shot dead on Thursday

The shooting reportedly took place inside a Columbia Machine Shop, an engineer manufacturing factory located on Bikle Road (pictured). The company has factories worldwide - from India, Poland, New Zealand and Canada - but its headquarters are in Vancouver, Washington

The shooting reportedly took place inside a Columbia Machine Shop, an engineer manufacturing factory located on Bikle Road (pictured). The company has factories worldwide - from India, Poland, New Zealand and Canada - but its headquarters are in Vancouver, Washington

The shooting reportedly took place inside a Columbia Machine Shop, an engineer manufacturing factory located on Bikle Road (pictured). The company has factories worldwide – from India, Poland, New Zealand and Canada – but its headquarters are in Vancouver, Washington

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They confirmed there are ‘multiple fatalities.’ 

Sgt. Carly Hose, a spokesperson for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said she was not yet able to release the name or age of the suspect, but said the suspect is male. 

She did not have information on what type of gun the suspect had. 

Authorities said that a Maryland state trooper suffered a minor injury after a confrontation with the shooter. 

Highway officials closed down all lanes of Maryland Route 66. 

The scene outside Columbia Machine Shop in Smithsburg as local authorities investigate a shooting

The scene outside Columbia Machine Shop in Smithsburg as local authorities investigate a shooting

The scene outside Columbia Machine Shop in Smithsburg as local authorities investigate a shooting 

Baltimore’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office confirmed in a tweet their agents were assisting local authorities at the scene. 

‘ATF Special Agents are responding to assist our partners in the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting incident in Smithsburg, MD where there are multiple victims,’ the agency tweeted. 

On Thursday afternoon Democratic Congressman David Trone said that a ‘mass shooting’ took place and asked locals to stay away from the scene. 

The Congressional Research Service defines mass shootings as multiple, firearm, homicide incidents, involving four or more deceased victims at one or more locations close to one another.

‘We are actively monitoring the mass shooting in Smithsburg right now, and our office is in contact with officials on the ground,’ Trone tweeted. 

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‘If you’re local, please stay away from the area as law enforcement responds.’

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