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Shootings in Md.

Authoritie­s killed a Navy medic who showed up at Fort Detrick after wounding two people in Frederick.

- BY DANA HEDGPETH, ALEX HORTON AND DAN MORSE

A Navy medic shot and wounded two people in Frederick on Tuesday before fleeing to nearby Fort Detrick, where he was killed by police after breaching the gate, authoritie­s said.

Frederick police said the incident began just before 8:30 a.m. at a business technology park in the northeaste­rn part of the city, where Fantahun Girma Woldesenbe­t, 38, shot two sailors with a rifle at a Navy-connected facility.

After the shooting, the assailant drove to Fort Detrick, about four miles away, authoritie­s said.

Woldesenbe­t breached the gate with his vehicle and drove onto the base, said Brig. Gen.

Michael J. Talley, the commanding general of the Army Medical Research and Developmen­t Command and Fort Detrick.

“Just prior to that, the Frederick Police Department had issued a BOLO report — or ‘ be on the lookout’ report — for the vehicle, and certainly the subject,” Talley said. “The subject was stopped at the gate. And before he was able to be searched, he sped past the gate, made it about a half-mile into the installati­on.”

Talley said Woldesenbe­t was pursued immediatel­y by the Fort Detrick quick-reaction force, which stopped him in a parking lot. He brandished a weapon, and “our police department was able to neutralize the subject,” Talley said.

Woldesenbe­t — an enlisted U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, the equivalent of a medic — was assigned to Fort Detrick but lived

Gunman drove onto base after injuring sailors in Frederick, officials say

off base in Frederick, authoritie­s said. Talley said that investigat­ors are looking into possible connection­s between Woldesenbe­t and the victims, and that a motive remains under investigat­ion.

The wounded sailors were taken to a Baltimore hospital, where one was in critical condition and the other was expected to be released Wednesday, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said.

“We have been in touch with the victims’ families, and they are at the hospital with their loved ones,” Lando said.

Lando said there is a military institutio­n at Riverside Tech Park, where the sailors were wounded.

Lando said Woldesenbe­t was the perpetrato­r and the public is “no longer at risk.”

He said no officers were hurt in the incident. Fort Detrick is protected by civilian Defense Department police officers.

“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,” Col. Dexter Nunnally, the Fort Detrick garrison commander, said in a statement.

Police and medics tended to Woldesenbe­t for about 20 minutes before he was pronounced dead at the scene, Talley said.

Fort Detrick is an Army installati­on focused on scientific research and developmen­t, including U.S. government efforts to study and combat the novel coronaviru­s. About 10,000 service members and civilian personnel work at the installati­on.

Woldesenbe­t enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and spent much of his career training in various medical units, according to his service record. He did not serve on any deployment­s.

Talley declined to say what Woldesenbe­t’s assignment was at Fort Detrick or to identify his work unit. The FBI is investigat­ing the shooting at Fort Detrick, officials said.

Efforts to reach Woldesenbe­t’s family Tuesday afternoon were unsuccessf­ul.

“It’s unfortunat­e; it’s sad,” Lando said. “Every time you turn on the news, there’s something like this happening. . . . Today it happened in Frederick. A week or so ago, it happened in Boulder. You know, it seems like every day. So all we can do — whether in the military [or] civilian law enforcemen­t — is assess our ability to respond, our training, our equipment, and make sure that we’re always prepared to protect the community. We always hope that we don’t get that call. Today we got that call.”

Frederick Mayor Michael O’connor said at a news conference that the incident is a reminder of violence that “no community wants to be at the center of attention for.”

Mike Ricci, a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), said that the governor was briefed on the incident and that Maryland State Police are assisting in the investigat­ion.

 ?? RICKY CARIOTI/THE WASHINGTON POST ?? Officials investigat­e Tuesday’s shooting at Frederick’s Riverside Tech Park. One of the wounded sailors was in critical condition, police said, and the other was expected to be soon released from the hospital.
RICKY CARIOTI/THE WASHINGTON POST Officials investigat­e Tuesday’s shooting at Frederick’s Riverside Tech Park. One of the wounded sailors was in critical condition, police said, and the other was expected to be soon released from the hospital.

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