An employee opened fire at a manufacturing plant in Maryland on Thursday
afternoon, killing three co-workers and critically injuring another before a state
trooper shot him in an exchange of gunfire that left both wounded, the authorities
road near the attack suffered a minor injury, and the suspect was captured alive, the
law enforcement official said.
Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore identified the three killed as Mark
Alan Frey, 50; Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30.
A 42-year-old worker was injured, the sheriff said. The suspect, identified only as a
23-year-old man who lives in West Virginia was in custody at a hospital, Mullendore
The weapon used was a semiautomatic handgun, he said.
The shooter fled in a vehicle before authorities arrived, but he was confronted on
Maryland Route 66, authorities said.
Aerial video from NBC Washington showed the location where troopers and the
suspect clashed — a roadway with a Mitsubishi Eclipse and an unmarked police SUV.
The suspect was identified as a 23-year-old from West Virginia, but the authorities
did not release his name because he had not been charged Sheriff Douglas W.
Mullendore of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mayor Donald L. Souders described Smithsburg as a small town of about 3,000
residents about 25 miles south of Gettysburg and just north of Antietam.