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Sheriff's Office: 3 killed in Maryland shooting, trooper wounded

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Posted at 1:38 PM, Jun 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-09 18:16:30-04

SMITHBURG, MD — Authorities say a shooting at a business in western Maryland has claimed multiple victims but the suspect is no longer an active threat.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that three victims were found dead at Columbia Machine Inc. in Smithsburg. The suspect then fled in a vehicle and was tracked down by Maryland State Police, according to the news release.

The suspect and a trooper were wounded in an exchange of gunfire, the sheriff's office said. Both are 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 Sgt. Carly Hose said at a news conference.

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

A community of nearly 3,000 people, Smithsburg is about 75 miles northwest of Baltimore not far from the Maryland line with Pennsylvania.

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15.com for updates.