Man indicted in Maryland machine shop killings admitted pulling trigger, investigators say

The man indicted on charges of opening fire inside a Western Maryland machine shop last month, killing three co-workers, told a sheriff's deputy he...

July 8, 2022
9:10 PM

The man indicted on charges of opening fire inside a Western Maryland machine shop last month, killing three co-workers, told a sheriff's deputy he pulled the trigger. Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was indicted on 34 counts in connection with the June 9 shooting at Columbia Machine, in the rural community of Smithsburg. He allegedly worked until he left the building to retrieve a weapon, went back inside and fired on employees near a breakroom. Court records show Esquivel was indicted June 29 on charges including first- and second-degree murder, attempted murder, assault and several gun-related charges.

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