These are the victims of the Smithsburg mass shooting in Maryland.
The victims have been named by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department as Mark Alan Frey, 50; Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31; and Joshua Robert Wallace, 30. Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was wounded but survived. The shooter has not been identified.
You can see photos and tributes for each deceased victim later in this story.
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 9, 2022, the Washington County Emergency Communications Center received “a report of an active shooter at Columbia Machine Inc., 12912 Bikele Road, Smithsburg, MD,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release .
“Smithsburg Police Department officers were the first to arrive at the scene and found an injured victim outside of the store. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, three other victims, all deceased, were in the store.”
The suspect had fled, but his vehicle was later found in the Mapleville Road and Mount Aetna Road area. “The suspect and the soldiers exchanged shots and the suspect and a soldier were injured. Both survived and were transported for medical treatment. At this time, the sheriff’s office can confirm that all of the victims and the suspect were current employees of Columbia Machine, Inc..”
All victims were white males. “The suspect remains in law enforcement custody at Meritus Medical Center and has been identified as a 23-year-old Hispanic male residing in West Virginia. His identity will not be released until the charges are filed,” the sheriff’s department wrote. “The weapon used in both scenes was a semi-automatic handgun. The exact caliber, make and model are also not being released at this time.”
The motive is under further investigation. The injured officer, whose name was not released, was treated at a local medical center and released.
Here’s what you need to know about each victim.
Frey’s Facebook page says he has worked at Columbia Machine, Inc. since 2019 and attended Smithsburg Senior High School. He was married.
“RIP Mark Frey! You were such a good guy!” a friend wrote. Another friend wrote in this comment thread: “I’m in shock! Such a wonderful man. I couldn’t imagine his wife Angie.”
As I lie here in bed trying to fall asleep, I think about my classmate’s wife! She will never hold her husband again, never hear him say I love you again, and have no future plans with him!! I don’t know her but my heart breaks for her!! People really want to know what’s happening??? Is there an acceptable answer? It’s totally pointless!! What happened to the days when you were mad, hit someone, or yelled at them? shoot someone??? kill 3 people??? I’m sad for my classmates family, everyone involved and my sweet little hometown!! Hold the ones you love a little tighter and say “I love you” to the ones you love, you never know when it will be the last time! Rest in peace Mark Frey, my prayers for all who love you!!
Taylor Toms wrote on Facebook: “I am so sorry to say that Joshua Wallace was one of those killed in today’s shooting. My heart is completely shaken. I lost the love of my life today. I love you so much baby I hate this. Our future is gone, you’re gone, I can’t believe you’re gone. God I love you so much.”
On FacebookWallace wrote that he worked at Columbia Machine, Inc., attended Hagerstown Community College, and lived in Clear Spring, Maryland.
Friends shared photos of him hunting and fishing. one wrote“As hard as it is to let everyone know that today we lost a member, Joshua Wallace… not just a great friend but a wonderful family member. You will be missed mate we had many camping fishing and hunting trips planned fly up bro I know you will hunt in the sky shoot us a monster while you up there see you soon 🖤😓🙏 🏼”
Charles Minnick Jr.
According to his Facebook page Charles Edward Minnick Jr. was married. He was from Wolfsville, Maryland, and attended Middleton High.
He went by the name CJ. “CJ was one of the good guys” a friend wrote on his mother’s Facebook page.
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