Maryland Shooting: At least 3 people dead after gunman opens fire

According to local officials, a man opened fire at a US company in western Maryland on Thursday (local time), killing three people before the suspect and a state trooper were injured in a gunfight.

Three victims were discovered dead and a fourth victim was gravely injured at Columbia Machine Inc in the US town of Smithsburg, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to the press release, the suspect then fled in a car and was apprehended by Maryland State Police.

The suspect and a trooper were wounded in an exchange of gunfire, the sheriff’s office said. Both were being treated for their wounds.

Authorities did not have information on whether the suspect and victims were employees of the company where the shooting took place, Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Carly Hose said at a news conference.

US Representative David Trone, a Maryland Democrat, tweeted that his office was in contact with authorities in the area and actively monitoring the shooting in Smithsburg.

News photographs showed a large law enforcement presence, including emergency vehicles at the scene.

Smithsburg, a community of nearly 3000 people, is located about 120 kilometres northwest of the US city of Baltimore, not far from the Maryland line with Pennsylvania.