Delaware Public Media reported a shooting at the Columbia Machine, Inc, located at 12921 Bikle Rd, Smithsburg, MD 21783.
Moments after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022, a shooter opened fire inside the concrete mold facility based out of Vancouver. The suspect has yet to be named but was identified as a 23-year-old male that worked at the facility. He is said to have used a semi-automatic handgun and fled the scene following the shooting. He was quickly apprehended after exchanging gunfire with a state trooper. The trooper and the shooting suspect were injured in the shootout. Police have confirmed that three employees were killed and three other victims were injured.
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank is an experienced gun violence attorney in Maryland. During a recent interview, Aaron explained who could be held liable for mass shootings in the workplace.
"Sadly, there have been several occurrences of mass shootings lately. These tragic incidents have taken the lives of many victims while leaving many with life-changing injuries. Business owners, including manufacturing facilities, have a legal duty to maintain a level of security to reduce the risk of preventable threats, such as shootings. Businesses can uphold this obligation with the inclusion of security cameras, security guards, and adequate lighting."
"However, violent crimes, such as shootings, are often able to occur due to the negligence of a third party. This could include improper background checks conducted by the gunshop or even the failure of a property owner to provide sufficient security. In cases that involve negligence, the victim or their surviving family may have grounds to file a lawsuit for compensation."
"Furthermore, victims of mass shootings are encouraged to speak with an experienced gun violence attorney to learn more about their options for legal action. An experienced lawyer will help determine all parties that can be held liable for a mass shooting at a workplace."