FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — A 38-year-old Navy medic shot and critically injured two men at a Frederick business park and was later shot and killed by personnel at Ft. Detrick Tuesday morning, U.S. Navy officials say.
Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, rank E4, shot two men at a military facility in Riverside Tech Park shortly after 8 a.m. The victims, in critical condition, were transported by helicopter to Baltimore Shock Trauma.
Woldesenbet then reportedly traveled about 10 minutes to Ft. Detrick and sped past the Nalin Pond gate. Officials say he was pursued into the base and was shot by military police when he brandished a rifle. Woldesenbet was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims were identified as 26-year-old U.S. Navy Hospitalman Casey Nutt and 36-year-old Hospital Corpsman Carlos Portugal. Nutt, who is from Germantown, was released from the trauma center on Tuesday night. Portugal, who is from Frederick, remains at the trauma center in critical condition.
Officials say that Nutt fled the shooting to Nicolock, a business in the park. Portugal was found in the facility the shooting took place.
The shootings triggered multiple area lockdowns, including Ft. Detrick and Frederick Community College.
Lando said police confirmed there was only one shooter, and the public is safe. “Every time we turn on the TV we’re seeing something like this happen – and now it’s happening in our backyards,” he said.
“Our number one priority is the safety of our people,” said U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Commander Col. Dexter Nunnally. “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.”
Officials say an investigation is ongoing and investigators are still trying to determine a motive.