Navy hospital corpsman, 38, shoots two men at Maryland business park before breaching gate at nearby Fort Detrick Army base and being killed by military personnel
Two Navy sailors were shot and seriously injured near Fort Detrick, a military base in Maryland., on Tuesday morning
The shooter, a Navy hospital corpsman, was killed by military personnel, after he drove onto the base and flashed a weapon, the authorities said.l
US Navy confirmed that the gunman was a Navy hospital corpsman Fantahun Girma Woldesenbe, 38, who entered the business park and started shooting just after 8am Tuesday
The two male victims have been flown to a Baltimore hospital where they remain in critical condition
“What I’ve heard is that it’s likely that the individuals are at least aware of one another,” said Michael O’Connor, the mayor of Frederick, adding that there was no reason to believe the shootings were a “random act”
Two Navy sailors were shot and seriously injured near Fort Detrick, a military base in Maryland., on Tuesday morning and the person who shot them, a Navy hospital corpsman, was killed by military personnel, after he drove onto the base and flashed a weapon, the authorities said.
The police responded around 8:20 a.m. to reports of gunfire at the Riverside Tech Park, a business park about five miles from the base, Jason Lando, the police chief in Frederick, Maryland, said at a news conference on Tuesday morning.
The shooter Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet entered a business at the Riverside Tech Park, which is connected to the Fort Detrick base, causing people inside to flee, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said.
The gunman shot two men there who were flown by helicopter to a shock trauma center in Baltimore. One was in critical condition and the other was expected to be released on Wednesday.
The victims are Navy sailors assigned to Fort Detrick, Brig. Gen. Michael Talley of Fort Detrick said at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The U.S. Navy confirmed that the gunman was a Navy hospital corpsman, the equivalent of a combat medic, assigned to Fort Detrick.. The police identified him as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, 38, and said he lived off base in Frederick. His rank was given as E-4, or petty officer third-class.
The gunman entered a business at the Riverside Tech Park causing people inside to flee, but it was unclear if the shooting took place inside or outside, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said.
After shooting the two sailors at the industrial park with a rifle, the authorities said, the gunman droveto Fort Detrick. The base, which is about 50 miles northwest of Washington and 20 miles south of Camp David, which is home to the military’s leading biodefense center.
After the shooting, Woldesenbetdid who lived outside the base in the 100 block of Willow Dale Drive in Frederick according to police, drove about 10 minutes to Fort Detrick, where he was shot by base personnel, Lando said at a news conference. Aa rifle was used in the shooting.
The victims were flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Centre in Baltimore where one remains in critical condition. The second victim is expected to be released on Wednesday.
Neither victim has been named pending next of kin notification.
The incident unfolded just after 8am Tuesday morning, Frederick police said.
Just after 9am, police tweeted that they were responding to ‘an active shooter in the 8400 block of Progress Drive’.
Woldesenbet then drove to the Fort Detrick base where he drove through a gate at an entrance to the base before base personnel confronted him on a road, according to Fort Detrick spokeswoman Lanessa Hill.
‘It wasn’t that long before he came through the gate. Not even a quarter of a mile,’ Hill said.
She said Frederick police had given them advance notice, ‘so we knew that he was out there’.
In addition, Gen Michael Talley confirmed that base personnel attempted to search Woldesenbet when he sped past them in his personal vehicle.
Talley said Woldesenbet was stopped in a parking lot and exited his vehicle while brandishing a weapon.
He said base police then ‘neutralized the subject’ before rendering life-saving efforts for about 20 minutes’.
Talley said there were no other injuries on the Fort Detrick base.
After being stopped by guards at a gate to the base just off Opossumtown Pike, the gunman “pulled off ahead” before he could be searched, General Tally said. Woldesenbet made it about a half mile inside the base and was stopped in a parking lot, where he brandished a weapon, the general said.
The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Fort Detrick police. There were no other injuries at the base, General Talley said.
“We are still investigating motive, investigating the exact circumstances of the subject,” he said.
Woldesenbet enlisted in 2012. He was posted at the Camp Lejeune, the Marine Corps base in North Carolina; and Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, among other bases, before he was assigned to Fort Detrick in August 2019, according to a service record released by the Navy.
His awards include the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Chief Lando said that the police were still trying to learn about any relationships tying him to the victims and why he targeted the business park. He described the Riverside Tech Park as a “row of businesses” where the gunman opened fire.
Lando called the shootings ‘very tragic’.
‘It’s happening too frequently. Every time we turn on the TV we’re seeing something like this happening. And now it’s happening in our backyards.’
Police said they are working to determine if the attack was targeted. When asked about Woldesenbet’s mental health condition, police said they are unsure at this time.
Michael O’Connor, the mayor of Frederick, said in an interview with WJLA that there was no reason to believe the shootings were a “random act.”
“What I’ve heard is that it’s likely that the individuals are at least aware of one another,” Mr. O’Connor said. “What caused this to turn into an incident like this — it’s difficult because they haven’t been able to talk to the victims yet.”