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3 killed in shooting at Maryland manufacturing facility, officials say

Three people were killed in a shooting at a manufacturing plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Although a law enforcement official who confirmed the fatalities also said four others were injured in the attack, local sheriff’s officials said the total struck at the location was four, with three dead and another critically injured.

Additionally, a Maryland state trooper suffered a minor injury in a confrontation with the suspect, who was captured and is alive, the law enforcement official said.

NBC Washington captured imagery of the location where the trooper and the suspect clashed — a roadway with a Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe and an unmarked police SUV.

The roadway was littered with evidence markers.

According to Gov. Larry Hogan, who spoke to reporters earlier in the afternoon, and to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect fled the location in a vehicle and was confronted on a road nearby.

The alleged shooter and trooper exchanged gunfire, and both were hospitalized, sheriff’s Sgt. Carly Hose said. Their exact conditions were unavailable.

“The suspect is no longer a threat to the community,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the FBI were responding to the location to assist local investigators.

The area of the attack is about eight miles east of Camp David, the presidential retreat. There’s no indication the violence was related to the retreat.

The incident took place at about 2:30 p.m. and was initially considered an active shooter situation.

This is a developing story. Please check back for developments.

Joe Studley and Gemma DiCasimirro contributed.

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