At least 3 dead after assailant opened fire at Maryland factory

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WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire at a factory in northern Maryland on Thursday, killing at least three people, state police said.

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, opened fire on the Columbia Machine Inc plant in Smithsburg, Maryland. There was no immediate word on a possible motive.

Maryland State Police said three people were killed. It was not immediately clear if any others were injured.

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“I understand there are potentially three people killed,” Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told reporters. Hogan said a state trooper was hit by a bullet fired by the shooter.

A Colombia Machine spokesperson said the company was cooperating with authorities in their investigation into the shooting, but declined to say how many employees were at the site at the time of the shooting.

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

The Baltimore office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives said on Twitter that it was dispatching officers to the scene in Smithsburg, northern Maryland, near the state line of Pennsylvania.

“We are actively monitoring the mass shooting in #Smithsburg at this time, and our office is in contact with officials on the ground,” U.S. Representative David Trone of Maryland said on Twitter.

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Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Washington and Dan Whitcomb in Los Angeles; Editing by Tim Ahmann and Lisa Shumaker

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