Victims identified in shooting at machine shop in Maryland’s Washington Co.

Three people are dead and another seriously injured after a shooting at a machine shop near Smithsburg, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon.

In a news conference Thursday night, Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore identified the victims who were killed as Mark Alan Frey, 50; Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30. An injured victim has been identified as Brandon Chase Michael, 42. Mullendore said the victims and the suspect worked at Columbia Machine, a manufacturing facility on the 12900 block of Bikle Road.

Mullendore did not identify the suspect but said that he was a 23-year-old man who lives in West Virginia.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded around 2:30 p.m. Thursday for reports of an active shooter.

Deputies found three victims dead at the scene, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sgt. Carly Hose said at a news briefing. One additional victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition.

A male suspect fled the scene by car before deputies arrived, the sheriff’s office said. A vehicle description was circulated among nearby law enforcement, and a Maryland State Police encountered him a short time later at a roundabout on Md. Route 66/Maplesville Road and Mount Aetna Road — about 5 miles from the initial shooting.

Bill Dofflemyer with Maryland State Police said three troopers encountered the suspect and when they tried to stop him, he immediately started firing at the police. The troopers returned fire and in the exchange the suspect was truck and so did one trooper.

Gunfire could be heard ringing out on eyewitness footage posted to social media. Both the trooper and the suspect were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Rep. David Trone, who represents Maryland’s 6th congressional district, referred to the incident on Twitter as a “mass shooting” and urge residents to avoid the scene.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino contributed to this report.


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