A Maryland shooting on June 9, 2022, at a small Smithsburg manufacturing plant left three dead.
Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, W.Va., was indicted by a grand jury on June 29, 2022.
Esquivel faces 34 charges, including three counts of first- and second-degree murder.
He’s charged with murdering Mark Alan Frey, 50, of Waynesboro, Pa.; Charles “C.J.” Edward Minnick Jr., 31, of Smithsburg; and Joshua “Josh” Robert Wallace, 30, of the Hagerstown area.
Smithsburg Shooting on Bickle Road
Multiple news outlets reported that a shooter opened has opened fire inside the Columbia Machine factory in Smithsburg, Maryland.
The factory is formally known as Bikle Manufacturing Inc.
Smithsburg, Maryland, is located on the eastern side of Washington County, Maryland, near Interstate 70.
Maryland Shooting Leaves Three People Dead | Smithsburg, Md | June 2022
The shooter opened fire inside the manufacturing facility, killing three people and critically wounding another.
Investigators are working to determine the shooter’s motivation.
The Smithsburg Shooter
Police said the suspect was shot and injured during a confrontation with a Maryland State Police trooper at the intersection of Mapleville Road and Mount Aetna Road on Maryland State Route 66.
The trooper and the shooter were transported to an area hospital.
There are reports that Meritus Medical Center in Washington County went on lockdown.
Washington County Sheriff’s officials could not confirm information about the trooper’s injuries.
Local authorities have not released the identity of the shooter.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sergeant Carly Hose made the following statement on the shooting incident:
On June 9, 2022, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Columbia Machine, located at 12912 Bikle Road, Smithsburg, Maryland, of reports of an active shooter.
Units immediately responded and located four victims, three of which were deceased, at the scene.
One was critically injured and was transported to the hospital.
The suspect had fled the scene before law enforcement’s arrival.
A description of the suspect was quickly released to responding officers.
The suspect encountered a Maryland State Police trooper on Mapleville Road (Beaver Creek, Maryland) and Mount Aetna Road.
They did exchange gunshots – between the trooper and the suspect.
Both [the suspect and the trooper] were hit and transported for medical treatment.
Multiple federal agencies, including the F.B.I. and the A.T.F., are responding to assist in this investigation.
There is no confirmed active threat to our community due to this incident – and more information will be released as it becomes available to us.”
You can follow the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page for updates on the incident.
Smithsburg, Maryland Shooting Eyewitness Video & Media Footage
#BREAKING Three people are reportedly dead after a shooting at a manufacturing facility in Maryland, according to police. (FOX)
— News This Second (@NewsThisSecond) June 9, 2022
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— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) June 9, 2022
🚨#LoÚltimo |🇺🇸 Tiroteo en Maryland deja múltiples víctimas
Un atacante armado abrió fuego en la planta Columbia Machine, ubicada en la ciudad de Smithsburg, en el condado de Washington (oeste de Maryland)
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— EVTV (@EVTVMiami) June 9, 2022
Columbia Machine Shooting
Columbia Machine Inc. is a leading U.S. manufacturer of concrete products and equipment.
The company is recognized in over 100 countries and six continents as a leader in “quality, innovation, durability, and customer service,” according to its website.
They serve customers in over 100 countries.
Columbia Machine provides equipment for concrete product plants – from mixing and batching to automatic cubing and splitting.
The company was founded in Vancouver, Washington, in 1937.
Maryland Officials React To Shooting
Congressman David Trone
Maryland Congressman David Trone represents Smithsburg, Maryland, in the United State House of Representatives.
Mr. Trone Tweeted Thursday afternoon that he’s actively monitoring the situation.
We are actively monitoring the mass shooting in #Smithsburg right now, and our office is in contact with officials on the ground. If you’re local, please stay away from the area as law enforcement responds.
— Rep. David Trone (@RepDavidTrone) June 9, 2022
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was briefed on the shooting and is monitoring the situation.
#BREAKING: Gov Hogan on Smithsburg shooting—he has been briefed on the matter. More ⬇️ @wjz pic.twitter.com/eo2GLZGSTB
— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) June 9, 2022
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot
We’re closely monitoring the situation following reports of a shooting in Smithsburg. I’m thankful for the quick response of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and my heart is with the victims and their families during this difficult time. 1/2https://t.co/8ZymvFCepU
— Comptroller Peter Franchot (@peterfranchot) June 9, 2022
Mr. Franchot is running for Maryland governor in 2022.
Former Robin Hood CEO and Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Wes Moore
I’m closely monitoring events in #Smithsburg here in Maryland, where there are reports of a mass shooting. I’m praying for all involved and their families, and for law enforcement and first responders. We do not have to live this way.
— Wes Moore for Maryland Governor (@iamwesmoore) June 9, 2022
Former Maryland Attorney General and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate John King
Horrific. I’m praying for all involved, especially those innocent victims of yet another mass shooting. May their memories be a blessing. https://t.co/6yXOUEDSYI
— Doug Gansler (@DougGansler) June 9, 2022
Former U.S. Education Secretary John and Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate John King
My team and I are monitoring the situation in Smithsburg. My heart is with the victims, their loved ones, and the entire Smithsburg community. We must take action. Our communities should not have to live in fear any longer. https://t.co/X8Ts7GofyU
— John King for Governor of Maryland (@JohnBKing) June 9, 2022
Former D.N.C. Chair and Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Perez
Shannon and I are continuing to closely monitor the incident in Smithsburg. Following what appears to be another senseless shooting, our thoughts are with all those impacted by this violence and our appreciation is with the brave first responders and law enforcement on the scene. https://t.co/JGaKQsIL4t
— Tom Perez for Maryland Governor (@TomPerez) June 9, 2022
Larry Hogan Reacts to Maryland Shooting in Smithsburg
Governor Larry Hogan issued a brief statement on the afternoon of June 9 that read:
“I have been briefed on it – but it’s an ongoing situation.
And we don’t have all the facts, and I don’t – I’m not sure they’re ready to put out all the facts without notifying the next of kin.
My understanding is that potentially three people were killed.
The State Police responded and pursued the suspect.
The suspect fired and shot the state trooper in the shoulder, who then returned fire and shot him back.
And I don’t know the status of the shooter.
It’s an ongoing, developing situation.”