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Worker Charged in Deadly Mass Shooting at Maryland Factory as New Details Emerge

A Maryland factory worker accused of killing three coworkers and injuring two other people in a Thursday shooting was charged with dozens of felonies, including murder, authorities said Friday.

Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, WV, was hit with a slew of murder, attempted murder, assault and weapons charges in connection with the Smithsburg massacre, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

He was behind bars with no bond Friday night, officials said.

Esquivel went to his car to get a gun after working a full shift at Columbia Machine, Inc. Thursday. He returned to the concrete product factory’s break room and allegedly opened fire on fellow workers around 2:30 p.m., according to authorities.

After allegedly killing Mark Frey, 50; Charles Minnick Jr., 31; Joshua Wallace, 30, and critically injuring another colleague, Esquivel fled in his Mitsubishi Eclipse before he was stopped by state police about ten miles away, police said.

A shootout with two Maryland State Troopers ensued. Esquivel allegedly struck one of them, and he was shot when they returned fire, officials said. Both were hospitalized and expected to survive.

A search of the alleged murderer’s West Virginia home turned up additional firearms, sheriffs said.

The identities and conditions of the injured Columbia Machine worker was not released.

18 Comments
  • John says:

    Surprise another woke dope, urine-soaked socialist, mentally ill, gender-confused Democrat pedophile party indoctrinated future communist of the Democrat baby murdering satanic Party purposely gromed like this by our corrupted mentally ill perverted Public School Systems that turn out mentally ill pieces of non-american crap like this no border wall Brown creeping crud biden gromed scumbag.

  • RD says:

    This is the result of a lack of parenting and lawlessness!

  • Greg Zotta says:

    So I guess now the DemonRATS want to increase the age to purchase a weapon to 23.

  • Daniel Motes says:

    He has to be released because it’s the gun’s fault. The Gun has to be locked up and tried for murder and deadly assault.
    The people around the lunatic also have to be charged for not recognizing he was nuts. So try the gun and his coworkers and all others that knew him.

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