3 killed, 4 wounded in US factory shooting

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3 killed, 4 wounded in US factory shooting

President Joe Biden and Senator Chris Murphy talk about gun control reform on June 7, 2022 in Washington, DC, outside the Oval Office. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP WASHINGTON A gunman opened fire at a manufacturing facility in northern Maryland on Thursday killing at least three people and critically wounding a fourth before being taken into custody after a shoot-out with police.

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The assailant, who was not immediately identified, was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with a Maryland state trooper, a Washington County Sheriff's spokeswoman said. Both the suspect and trooper were taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

A spokeswoman for the community said there was no active threat to the community but declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the incident, the latest in a string of mass shootings that have plagued the United States.

The shooting took place at a plant operated by Columbia Machine in Smithsburg, northern Maryland near the Pennsylvania state line.

A Columbia Machine spokesman said the company was cooperating with authorities in their investigation into the shooting but wouldn't say anything further.

The company supplies concrete manufacturing equipment to customers in over 100 countries, according to its website.

The Baltimore offices of the FBI and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said they were sending agents to the scene.

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Late last month, an 18-year-old man opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers.

The killings in Uvalde and the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York have resulted in new efforts in the US Congress to enact stricter gun control laws.