Frederick, MD – A Navy corpsman assigned to U.S. Army base Fort Detrick in Frederick shot two people in a business park on Tuesday morning before he broke through the entrance gate at the base and was fatally shot by police.
The incident began on April 6 at Riverside Tech Park in the 8400-block of Progress Drive, The Washington Post reported.
Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that 38-year-old Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet had gone into a business at the tech park and “some people fled.”
Chief Lando said Frederick police were called to the scene at 8:20 a.m.
Officers responded and found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds on the premises, The Washington Post reported.
Both victims were transported via helicopter to University of Maryland Medical Center Shock Trauma in Baltimore in critical condition.
Chief Lando said that one of the victims remained in critical condition, and the other victim had been treated and it was expected they would be released from the hospital on Wednesday.
The police chief said that after Woldesenbet shot the men at the business, the gunman drove four miles to Fort Detrick, The Washington Post reported.
U.S. Army Brigadier General Michael Talley told reporters the military base had already received a bulletin to be-on-the-lookout (BOLO) for the suspect’s vehicle and were on high alert.
Talley said the suspect drove onto Fort Detrick at 8:45 a.m.
The general said security had stopped Woldesenbet at the gate and were checking his identification.
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They recognized he might be the suspect in the BOLO but before they could return to the vehicle to search him, Woldesenbet fled, Talley explained.
The general said the base’s quick reaction force pursued the suspect immediately and stopped him in a parking lot.
He said Woldesenbet jumped out of his vehicle, “brandished a weapon, and our police department was able to neutralize the subject.”
Talley told reporters “lifesaving efforts were rendered for 20 minutes before the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.”
Talley said he didn’t know if the firearm Woldesenbet brandished at officers on Fort Detrick was the same gun used to shoot the people at the tech park.
He said the preliminary findings led him to believe it was not an assigned military service weapon but he couldn’t confirm that yet.
Police were still investigating a motive and said it was too early to speculate.
Talley said the coordination between the Frederick Police Department and Fort Detrick police prevented the loss of additional life.
Civilian Defense Department police officers provide the security at Fort Detrick, The Washington Post reported.
“Our emergency responders are well trained for these types of situations and the fast response of our military police enabled us to contain this threat quickly,” U.S. Army Colonel Dexter Nunnally, the commander of Fort Detrick, said in a statement separately.
Chief Lando said law enforcement had determined there was only one gunman and said the public was “no longer at risk,” The Washington Post reported.
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No officers were hurt in the altercation with the shooter.
The U.S. Navy said in a statement that the gunman was an enlisted U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, which is the equivalent of a medic, The Washington Post reported.
The shooter’s connection to men he shot was unclear.
The general confirmed the victims were Navy personnel assigned to Fort Detrick but said it was too early to identify them by name because their families were still being notified.