Authorities: 3 dead in Maryland shooting

A man opened fire on a business in western Maryland on Thursday, killing three people before the suspect and a police officer were injured in a firefight, authorities said.

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

The suspect and a trooper were injured in a shootout, the sheriff’s office said. Both were treated for their injuries.

Authorities had no information as to whether the suspect and victims were employees of the company where the shooting took place, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Carly Hose said at a press conference.

News photos showed a large presence of law enforcement, including emergency services, on the scene.

Smithsburg, a community of nearly 3,000 people, is located just west of the Camp David presidential retreat and about 75 miles (75 km) northwest of Baltimore.

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