According to reports, multiple people, including a police officer, were shot at the Columbia Machine factory. Local hospitals have dispatched medevac helicopters to the scene. The exact number of casualties — and fatalities — has not been confirmed at this time.
In a Facebook post, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office wrote “At this time the Sheriff’s Office can confirm that there are multiple victims and the suspect is no longer a threat to the community. This is a rapidly evolving incident and we will release information as we are able.”
Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) spoke to reporters a short time ago.
Another video posted to Twitter purports to show police exchanging fire with the gunman. The language is explicit. You may watch it by clicking here. Viewer discretion is advised.
Located 70 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., Smithsburg lies in Maryland’s 6th Congressional District, represented by Democrat David Trone, who says he’s monitoring the situation.
ABC News further reports:
Multiple victims have been reported in a shooting in Smithsburg, Maryland, Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
“The suspect is no longer a threat to the community,” the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
Lt. Joshua McCauley of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office told CNN that the scene remains active but that “the suspect is no longer a threat to the community.”
Maryland has some of the strictest gun laws in the country. The state increasingly regulates the sale, possession and use of firearms and ammunition.
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