Shooting at Maryland Facility Claims 3 Lives

Shooting at Maryland Facility Claims 3 Lives

Another SHOOTING – Multiple Dead Victims

( – Tragically, gun violence has once again become the story of the day in the United States. In recent weeks, mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, have made headlines worldwide. Now, another shooting incident in Maryland has resulted in the loss of life.

On Thursday, June 9, a single male shooter allegedly opened fire in a Columbia Machine manufacturing plant in Smithsburg, killing three people. Another individual was reportedly injured in the attack. The three individuals who lost their lives were 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace, 50-year-old Mark Alan Frey, and 31-year-old Charles Edward Minnick, Jr.

On Monday, June 13, police identified the suspect as Joe Louis Esquivel. They say Esquivel is the is a 23-year-old man who allegedly used a semi-automatic handgun to carry out the attack. Sheriff Doug Mullendore also stated the individual was an employee of Columbia Machine, as were all those who died in the shooting.

The shooter reportedly fled the scene after the attack, but police placed him under arrest after a shootout with Maryland State Police a short distance from the crime scene. During the shootout, a trooper and the suspect sustained injuries. According to the latest reports, the suspect told authorities he shot at police because he wanted to die.

Smithsburg, where the shooting occurred, is in Washington County, not far from Washington DC.

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