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Three Dead, Trooper Wounded in Maryland Shooting

Poilce vehicles outside at a factory in Maryland on June 9.

Poilce vehicles outside at a factory in Maryland on June 9.

Photographer: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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Smithsburg, Md. (AP) -- An employee opened fire at a manufacturing business in rural western Maryland on Thursday, killing three coworkers before the suspect and a state trooper were wounded in a shootout, authorities said.

Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore said that three victims were found dead at Columbia Machine Inc. in Smithsburg and a fourth victim was critically injured. The sheriff said at a news conference that the victims and suspect were all employees at the facility.