Maryland said there were’multiple victims’ in the Smithsburg shooting
Authorities in Maryland said there were’multiple victims’ in the Smithsburg shooting, but there is no current danger. According to law authorities, a shooting at a manufacturing business in Smithsburg, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon resulted in “many casualties.”
Deputies responded to a gunshot incident at 2:30 p.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, adding that there was no additional threat to the community. State police from Maryland were also spotted responding to the location.
Authorities did not immediately provide information on the number of people killed or injured. During a news conference on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan addressed the tragedy, stating that there were numerous fatalities.
“The state police reacted, chased the suspect, the suspect fired and shot a state trooper in the shoulder, and the state trooper opened fire and shot him back,” Hogan said.
A representative for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office stated the suspect was eventually apprehended by Maryland State Police.
In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office wrote, “This is a quickly unfolding issue, and we will disclose information as we are able.”
The incident occurred at Columbia Machine, which, according to its website, sells concrete products equipment to clients in over 100 countries.
Rep. David Trone said he was “actively watching the horrific shooting” on Twitter. Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., tweeted that he was keeping an eye on the issue.
“If you’re a local, please avoid the area while law enforcement responds,” Trone said.
Near the Pennsylvania border, Smithsburg is roughly 75 miles northwest of Baltimore.