Eva Deschamps / June 10, 2022
An employee opened fire at a Maryland factory, killing three people and critically wounding a fourth victim, before being shot by a police officer after a gun battle, according to local authorities.
The suspected gunman had opened fire inside a manufacturing plant in western Maryland Thursday afternoon, killing several people, an NBC affiliate reported.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said at a news conference that a responding state police officer was shot in the shoulder and returned fire. He said he did not know more about the shooter or the exact circumstances of the shooting.
U.S. Rep. David Trone, a Maryland Democrat, said on Twitter that his office was in contact with authorities in the area and was actively monitoring the situation.
A large law enforcement presence, including emergency vehicles, is on the scene.
Smithsburg, a community of nearly 3,000 people, is located about 120 kilometers northwest of Baltimore, not far from the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.