At least three people were shot dead when a gunman opened fire inside a factory in Maryland.
The Thursday afternoon mass shooting took place at Columbia Machine Shop in Smithsburg where a gunman stormed the factory and shot seven people.
According to the latest reports, at least three people were killed in the shooting and an additional four were injured, including one critically.
The suspect has since been arrested. NBC News reported that he is alive and in police custody.
Meanwhile, NBC footage taken from the air showed the suspect’s car blocked off on a road some five miles from the scene of the shooting.
The vehicle’s windscreen was reportedly riddled with bullet holes.
“On June 9, 2022, at approximately 2:30 pm, deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12900 block of Bikle Road, Smithsburg, MD, in reference to a shooting,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced after apprehending the shooter.
“At this time the Sheriff’s Office can confirm that there are multiple victims and the suspect is no longer a threat to the community.
“This is a rapidly evolving incident and we will release information as we are able.”
Speaking out about the shooting was also Maryland Governor Larry Hogan who revealed it is believed that three people were killed in the mass shooting.
“My understanding is that [there were] potentially three people killed. The state police responded, pursued the suspect. The suspect fired, shot a state trooper in the shoulder who then returned fire and shot him back,” Hogan said at a press conference.
“I know there’s probably more to it but it just happened just before we came out here,” he added as he acknowledged that this remains a “developing situation.”
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