Gunman opens fire at Maryland factory, killing three

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire on co-workers at a factory in northern Maryland on Thursday, killing at least three people and seriously injuring a fourth before being arrested after a shootout with police.

The 23-year-old assailant, who has not been identified by police, was injured in a gunfight with a Maryland State Trooper as he attempted to flee in a car, Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore told a news conference.

The suspect and soldier were both taken to a local hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds in the latest in a series of mass shootings across the United States.

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Mullendore declined to elaborate on the circumstances or possible motives for the attack, but said the shooter and all of his victims were employees of Columbia Machine in Smithsburg, northern Maryland, near the US border. of Pennsylvania.

He said the shooter used a semi-automatic handgun.

A Columbia Machine spokesperson said the company was cooperating with authorities in their investigation into the shooting, but declined to comment further.

The company supplies concrete-making equipment to customers in more than 100 countries, according to its website.

The Baltimore offices of the FBI and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were dispatching officers to the scene.

Late last month, an 18-year-old man opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers. Read more

The Uvalde killings and a mass grocery store shooting in Buffalo, New York that left 10 dead prompted renewed efforts by the US Congress to enact tougher federal gun control laws. Read more

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Lisa Shumaker, Bill Berkrot and Richard Pullin

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