FREDERICK, Md. (AP) – A Navy medic shot and seriously injured two people on Tuesday in a business park in Maryland, then fled to a nearby military base where he was shot and killed, said police and US Navy officials.
The man walked into a Riverside Tech Park business, causing people to flee inside, but it was not known whether the shooting took place inside or outside, the chief said. Frederick Police, Jason Lando.
After the shooting, the medic drove about 10 minutes to Fort Detrick, where he was shot by base personnel, Lando said at a press conference. The US Navy issued an initial statement saying there had been an “active sniper incident” at Fort Detrick “involving American sailors” and that the gunman, a naval medic assigned to the base, had been killed. Fort Detrick officials later confirmed that the man who was killed at the base was the same person who shot the two people in the business park.
The two people who were shot dead in the business park were seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital, Lando said.
Fort Detrick spokeswoman Lanessa Hill said the gunman passed through a door at the base entrance before base personnel confronted him on a road.
“It wasn’t long before he walked through the door. Not even a quarter of a mile, ”Hill said. She said Frederick’s police gave them notice, “So we knew we were there.”
Fort Detrick is a US Army base in Frederick that is home to the Army’s flagship Biological Defense Laboratory and several Federal civilian biodefense laboratories.
Lando called the shooting “very tragic”.
“It happens too often. Every time we turn on the television we see something like this happen. And now it’s happening in our backyards.
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