A Maryland manufacturing unit employee accused of killing three coworkers and injuring two different individuals in a Thursday taking pictures was charged with dozens of felonies, together with homicide, authorities mentioned Friday.
Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, WV, was hit with a slew of homicide, tried homicide, assault and weapons prices in reference to the Smithsburg bloodbath, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
He was behind bars with no bond Friday evening, officers mentioned.
Esquivel went to his automobile to get a gun after working a full shift at Columbia Machine, Inc. Thursday. He returned to the concrete product manufacturing unit’s break room and allegedly opened fireplace on fellow employees round 2:30 p.m., in line with authorities.
After allegedly killing Mark Frey, 50; Charles Minnick Jr., 31; Joshua Wallace, 30, and critically injuring one other colleague, Esquivel fled in his Mitsubishi Eclipse earlier than he was stopped by state police about ten miles away, police mentioned.
A shootout with two Maryland State Troopers ensued. Esquivel allegedly struck one in every of them, and he was shot after they returned fireplace, officers mentioned. Each have been hospitalized and anticipated to outlive.
A search of the alleged assassin’s West Virginia house turned up further firearms, sheriffs mentioned.
The identities and situations of the injured Columbia Machine employee was not launched.