Navy medic killed after shooting and injuring two people in Maryland

Published: April 6, 2021 10:59 PM EDT
The scene of the shooting in Frederick, Maryland, on April 6, 2021. JULIO CORTEZ / AP

A U.S. Navy medic shot and critically injured two sailors at a business park in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday, authorities said. The suspected gunman, 38-year-old Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, was later shot and killed at the U.S. Army base Fort Detrick.

The suspect opened fire at Riverside Tech Park, causing workers to run for cover, Police Chief Jason Lando told reporters Tuesday. After the shooting, he said, the suspect drove about 10 minutes to Fort Detrick, where he was killed by military personnel. The U.S. Army said the suspect was “neutralized” within minutes.

“The public is no longer at risk,” Lando said. “There’s no further cause for alarm in the Frederick community.”

Police received a call for an active shooter around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. When officers arrived at the scene, they found two adult males had been shot and were in critical condition. The victims were air-lifted to a nearby hospital for treatment. One has since been released, and the other remains in critical condition.

The FBI, ATF Baltimore and Maryland State Police are investigating. The motive for the shooting is unclear.

Fort Detrick was scheduled to hold an active shooter drill in the coming days in response to an active shooter situation.

“It’s happening too frequently. Every time we turn on the TV we’re seeing something like this happen, and now it’s happening in our backyard,” Lando told reporters. “No one wants to see this type of thing.”