Two sailors were injured in a shooting at an industrial park in Frederick, Md. On Tuesday before the suspect was fatally shot at a nearby military installation, authorities said.
The suspect, identified as 38-year-old naval medic Phantahun Girma Woldesenbet, walked into a navy-related business in Riverside Tech Park and, armed with a rifle, opened fire, officials said . Two sailors were injured. One is in critical condition and the other is expected to be discharged from the hospital on Wednesday.
Woldesenbet, a Third Class Petty Officer, then drove about four miles to Fort Detrick, where he was stationed, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said.
He was arrested at a security access control point at the base. Before his vehicle was searched, Woldesenbet rushed through the gate and was followed by the facility’s police forces, Brigadier General Michael Talley said.
Talley said the suspect entered about half a mile from the facility before being pulled over in a parking lot. He brandished a rifle at the officers who had pursued him and was shot and killed.
Talley said investigators were looking to find out if the shooter knew of the victims. He declined to speculate, saying, “We don’t want to compromise any aspect of the investigation.”
Fort Detrick is home to the Army’s flagship biological defense laboratory and several federal civilian biodefense laboratories. About 10,000 service members and civilians work at the base, which covers approximately 1,300 acres in the town of Frederick.
The suspect and the two victims were stationed at the facility, although investigators did not say whether they knew each other before the attack.
“Every time you turn on the news, something like this happens,” Lando said, noting the consecutive mass shootings across the country in recent weeks. “We still hope we don’t get this call, but today we got it. Tomorrow it could be another agency, so it’s a sad fact of life, but that’s why we’re here.”
The shooting comes after a series of deadly shootings across the country, including a rampage last week at an office building in California that left four people dead.
Jeremy Mutschler, director of marketing for Nicolock Paving Stones, said the filming apparently took place near the company’s location in Frederick, but not at the company itself.
“One of the victims who was injured came into our facility to seek help and we were able to help and call the authorities,” Mutschler, who is based in New York, told The Associated Press.
Maryland State Police also responded, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Baltimore said its officers and a K-9 team were at the scene of this. which ATF described as a “critical incident”.
Gov. Larry Hogan has been briefed on the situation, his office said.
Previously, police posted on social media that officers were “at the scene of an active shooter. The suspect is down. There are two victims whose status is unknown.”
Frederick Community College briefly locked out, tweeting that “this is not an exercise.” But later, the college said students and staff could resume normal activities: “The incident has been contained. There is no threat on the FCC campus.
Some public schools in Frederick County were also briefly closed “due to police activity in the area,” the administration said. “All students and staff are safe. The lockout has been lifted.”
Frederick is a town of about 70,000 people about 50 miles northwest of Washington, DC
Contributor: Associated Press