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Navy doctor shoots 2 people and then shoots and kills himself at base in Maryland

A U.S. Navy doctor shot and seriously injured two sailors at a business park in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday, authorities said. The suspect gunman, 38-year-old Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, was later shot and killed at a U.S. military base in Fort Detrick.

The suspect opened fire at Riverside Tech Park, forcing workers to hide, police chief Jason Lando told reporters on Tuesday. After the shooting, he said, the suspect drove about 10 minutes to Fort Detrick, where he was killed by military personnel. The U.S. military says the suspect was “neutralized” within minutes.

“The public is no longer in danger,” Lando said. “There is no further cause for concern in the Frederick community.”

Police received a call for an active sniper at around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. When police arrived at the scene, they found that two adult men had been shot and were in critical condition. The victims were airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Active Shooter Maryland
The shooting scene in Frederick, Maryland, on April 6, 2021.

Julio Cortez / AP

The FBI, ATF Baltimore and Maryland State Police are investigating. The motivation for shooting is unclear.

Fort Detrick was scheduled to conduct an active sniper drill in the coming days in response to an active sniper mode.

“It happens very often. Every time we turn on the TV we see something like this happening and now it is happening in our backyard,” Lando told reporters. “Nobody wants to see that kind of thing.”

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