New York Daily News

Two sailors are shot by Navy medic

- BY MATTHEW BARAKAT

FREDERICK, Md. — A Navy medic shot and critically wounded two U.S. sailors at a military facility Tuesday, then fled to a nearby Army base where he was shot and killed, police and Navy officials said.

Fantahun Girma Woldesenbe­t, a petty officer 3rd class assigned to Fort Detrick, began shooting with a rifle inside a Navy facility at the Riverside Tech Park, causing people inside to flee, Frederick police and Fort Detrick officials said at a news conference.

Authoritie­s said they were still trying to determine the shooter’s motive and whether he knew the victims, two Navy sailors assigned to Fort Detrick, both of whom were airlifted to a hospital for treatment.

“We’re still trying to sort through stacks of paper ... to figure out exactly what the motive would be,” said Frederick police Lt. Andrew Alcorn.

A hospital spokeswoma­n did not respond to an email asking for an update on the victims’ conditions.

The suspect drove to the base after the initial shooting at the office park and was told to pull over to be searched by gate guards who had advance warning that he was coming, Brig. Gen. Michael Talley said. But Woldesenbe­t immediatel­y sped off, making it about a half mile into the installati­on before he was stopped at a parking lot by the base’s police force. When he pulled out a weapon, the police shot and kill him, Talley said. Talley said investigat­ors will determine as much as they can, including why the suspect went back to the base.

“[I] don’t know his mental status at the time, and we’re certainly going to find all that out,” he said.

Talley said the facility where the shooting took place was not under his command. He declined to identify the facility more specifical­ly or describe the work that was done there.

Fort Detrick is home to the military’s flagship biological defense laboratory and several federal civilian biodefense labs. About 10,000 military personnel and civilians work on the base, which encompasse­s about 1,300 acres in the city of Frederick.

By early afternoon, the Nallin Farm gate at Fort Detrick through which the shooter entered remained closed and two officers were standing by.

Police cordoned off Woldesenbe­t’s garden-style apartment building in Frederick City, a few miles from the site of the shooting.

A neighbor, Ava Target, said she knew Woldesenbe­t only by sight, and that he lived on the top floor of the apartment complex with a wife and two kids. She wasn’t aware of any problems.

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