Navy medic shot dead at Fort Detrick after shooting at business: officials

Ruben Onsu

A Navy medic opened fire on two sailors — before he was shot and killed Tuesday morning near Fort Detrick Army base in Maryland, officials said. Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, 38, a petty officer third class, used a rifle to wound the two victims in Frederick, police said at an afternoon briefing.  Both of the victims — […]

A Navy medic opened fire on two sailors — before he was shot and killed Tuesday morning near Fort Detrick Army base in Maryland, officials said.

Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, 38, a petty officer third class, used a rifle to wound the two victims in Frederick, police said at an afternoon briefing. 

Both of the victims — who have not been named — were being treated in the hospital Tuesday. One remains in critical condition, while the other is expected to be released Wednesday.

Gunfire first rang out around 8:20 a.m. at Riverside Tech Park, which is home to a Navy-related business and about a 10-minute drive from the base, Police Chief Jason Lando said.

Woldesenbet shot the two sailors before driving to Fort Detrick, where he was stopped at the gate but proceeded without authorization, Brig. Gen. Michael Talley said.

“Before he was able to be searched, he sped past the gate, made it about a half-mile into the installation,” Talley said.

“He was pursued immediately by the Fort Detrick quick reaction force. They were able to stop him in a parking lot.”

Woldesenbet brandished a weapon before he was shot and killed by law enforcement, officials said.

Emergency responders attempted to save him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Talley said.

Officials declined to say whether it was a targeted attack.

“We are still investigating motive, investigating the exact circumstances of the subject,” Talley said.

“We don’t want to compromise any aspect of the investigation,” he added.

Woldesenbet was stationed at Fort Detrick but lived off the base in Frederick, officials said. 

The base is home to a biological defense laboratory and several federal civilian biodefense labs.

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