Maryland Mass Shooting – Live: Suspect Charged with Murder in Smithsburg Plant Shooting

Maryland Mass Shooting – Live: Suspect Charged with Murder in Smithsburg Plant Shooting

Maryland Mass Shooting – Live: Suspect Charged with Murder in Smithsburg Plant Shooting

Three dead and one seriously injured in Maryland mass shooting

A 23-year-old suspect was named by officials and charged with several charges, including murder, after a shooting at a manufacturing facility in Smithsburg, Maryland, left three people dead and one injured.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the death toll after violence broke out at Columbia Machine Thursday afternoon.

The suspect was shot and injured during a confrontation with a Maryland State Police officer, the sheriff’s office said. The trooper was shot in the shoulder but returned fire, hitting the gunman who was later hospitalized.

Authorities said Friday the suspect – a 23-year-old Hispanic who was also an employee of the facility – has been charged with dozens of crimes, including murder.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, WV, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons in connection with the Smithsburg shooting.

The suspect, police said, used a semi-automatic pistol, but the exact caliber, make and model have not been released.

“The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and there is no active threat to the community,” the sheriff said.

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Smithsburg Suspect Worked Full Shifts Before Killing Three Colleagues

Authorities said the 23-year-old suspect in the shooting worked a full shift on Thursday before allegedly killing three of his colleagues at a Maryland factory.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the suspect as Joe Louis Esquivel.

The suspect was also struck on nearly two dozen charges, including three counts of first- and second-degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and a slew of misdemeanors and firearms-related misdemeanors.

Marosha MuzaffarJune 11, 2022 06:36

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Smithsburg massacre suspect charged by police

Authorities said Friday the suspect – a 23-year-old Hispanic who was also an employee of the facility – has been charged with dozens of crimes, including murder.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, WV, has been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons in connection with the Smithsburg shooting.

The shooting at a factory in Smithsburg, Maryland on Thursday left three people dead and one injured.

After killing Mark Frey, 50; Charles Minnick Jr., 31; Joshua Wallace, 30, and while seriously injuring another colleague, the gunman reportedly fled in a Mitsubishi Eclipse before being stopped by state police about 10 miles away.

Marosha MuzaffarJune 11, 2022 05:54

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Victim’s girlfriend speaks out

The girlfriend of one of the victims who died in a mass shooting at a Maryland factory shared her grief on social media on Friday.

When the news broke that a shooting had taken place at her boyfriend’s work, she asked her friends and family to pray in a Facebook post.

“Please send many prayers!!! There was a shooting at Joshua Wallace’s work and I haven’t heard from him. Please send prayers, I’m so scared,” she wrote on the day of the shooting.

Ultimately, her worst fears would be confirmed after learning that Mr Wallace was one of three workers killed.

On Thursday evening, she shared a photo of herself and Mr Wallace on Facebook, along with an announcement that he was one of the dead.

“I am so sorry to say that Joshua Wallace was one of those killed in today’s shooting… my heart is completely shattered. I lost the love of my life today. I love you so much baby, I hate this. Our future is gone, you’re gone, I can’t believe you’re gone. God I love you so much,” she wrote.

She has launched a GoFundMe page here.

Graig GraziosicJune 11, 2022 04:59

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In images, Maryland State trooper appears to confront the gunman

Footage posted to social media appears to show the moment Maryland troopers confront a gunman suspected of killing three people and injuring another at a Smithsburg factory.

The widespread 45-second clip, which the independent could not independently verify, shows several vehicles traveling at high speed pulling to the side of the road.

Bevan Hurley has the story.

Graig GraziosicJune 11, 2022 04:00

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Support for stricter gun laws in the US is at its highest level in a decade, according to a new poll.

ICYMI: Support for stricter gun laws in the US is at its highest level in a decade, according to a new poll.

The survey found that 59 percent of Americans believe it is more important to control gun violence, compared to 35 percent who want to protect gun rights.

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Suspect used a gun in the shooting

The suspect in the shooting, a 23-year-old Hispanic man, used a semi-automatic pistol to kill the victims, authorities said Thursday.

However, the exact caliber, make, and model were not released by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“The motive for the shooting is still under investigation and there is no active threat to the community,” the sheriff said.

The suspect is in the Meritus Medical Center.

Graig GraziosicJune 11, 2022 02:00

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ICYMI: victims identified

The people killed in the mass shooting were all Columbia Machine employees, police said.

The victims have been identified as Mark Alan Fry, 50; Charles Edward Minnick, 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30.

The fourth person seriously injured has been identified as 42-year-old Brandon Chase Michael, Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said.

Graig GraziosicJune 11, 2022 01:00

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ICYMI: Shooting suspect in custody

The suspect in the shooting, a 23-year-old man from West Virginia, has been taken into custody, police said after a video emerged of the gunman and troopers exchanging fire.

The sheriff’s office said they will not name the suspect until he is officially charged.

“Units responded immediately and found 4 victims, 3 of whom died on the spot and one was seriously injured. The suspect fled before police arrived.

“The description was quickly released to other responding units and the suspicious vehicle was found by Maryland State Police in the Maplesville Road and Mount Aetna Road area, gunshots were exchanged between the suspect and the Trooper. Both were injured and transported for medical treatment,” authorities said.

Graig GraziosicJune 11, 2022 00:00

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Smithsburg mayor says freedoms and security must be in balance after mass shooting at factory

The mayor of Smithsburg, where a gunman killed three people at a Columbia Machinery plant and injured another, told the Washington Post that he believes that the civil liberties of individuals must be balanced against the need for public security.

“I think we’re at a point where we have to weigh those freedoms against security,” Mayor Donnie Souders said after the shooting.

Graig GraziosicJune 10, 2022 23:00

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Everything We Know About the Maryland Mass Shooting

The mass shooting at a Maryland factory left three people dead and one injured.

The gunman was eventually captured after a shooting that injured a state trooper. The gunman was also injured and is in hospital under police guard.

the independent has compiled everything currently known about the shooting into the story below.

Graig GraziosicJune 10, 2022 21:30