Gunman opens fire at US factory, killing multiple people

A gunman has opened fire in a manufacturing plant in the US state of Maryland, killing three people, police say.Police arrive on the scene at Smithsburg, Maryland. Picture: NBC4 WashingtonPolice arrive on the scene at Smithsburg, Maryland.

Officers were called to the unit in the town of Smithsburg around 2.30pm (7.30pm GMT) on Thursday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said three people have been killed and one critically injured. An officer who tried to chase down the gunman had also been shot in the shoulder.Pic: NBC4 WashingtonSgt Carly Hose

Sgt Carly Hose said the suspect had fled the scene by the time officers arrived but was tracked down in a vehicle about five miles away from the plant.

It was there, an “exchange of gunfire took place” that led to the Maryland State Police trooper getting hurt.

The suspect was shot, injured and taken to hospital following the “confrontation”.

Smithsburg, a community of nearly 3,000 people, is about 75 miles northwest of Baltimore not far from the Maryland border with Pennsylvania.

The shooting comes less than two weeks after 21 people were killed when high-school dropout Salvador Ramos opened fire at an elementary school in the small community of Uvalde, Texas.

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