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Two People Are Injured And A Suspect Is Dead After A Shooting In Maryland

“Every time you turn on the TV, we’re seeing something like this happen, and now it’s happening in our backyard,” the police chief told reporters.

Last updated on April 6, 2021, at 3:09 p.m. ET

Posted on April 6, 2021, at 11:48 a.m. ET

Julio Cortez / AP

A crime scene technician stands near the scene of a shooting at a business park in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Two men were injured and a suspect is dead after a shooting in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The suspect, a 38-year-old active-duty Navy medic, shot two people using a rifle near a military-affiliated business in Riverside Tech Park before driving approximately 5 miles to the Fort Detrick military base, where he was shot and killed by Fort Detrick police, according to authorities.

The US Navy tweeted that suspect was a Navy hospital corpsman, or medic. Fort Detrick confirmed in a statement to BuzzFeed News that he was stationed at the base.

Authorities later named him as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet.

The two victims, both adult men, were airlifted to the University of Maryland trauma center in Baltimore for treatment, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando told reporters.

One remains in a critical condition, while the other is expected to be released tomorrow. Their identities have not been released.

“It’s terrible, it’s unfortunate, it’s very tragic,” Lando said. “It’s happening too frequently. Every time you turn on the TV, we’re seeing something like this happen, and now it’s happening in our backyard. No one wants to see this type of thing.”

An aerial shot shows a cop standing near a taped-off area at the scene of a shooting
Julio Cortez / AP

Police were first called about an active shooter situation at Riverside Tech Park, a business area on Progress Drive, around 8:20 a.m.

Lando told reporters that the shooter went into a business and people fled from the scene, but he could not say if the two victims — whom he described as bystanders — were shot inside the business or outside.

Authorities then issued a warning to be on the lookout for the suspect's vehicle. When he arrived at the Fort Detrick gates, he was asked to stop but refused to do so and drove half a mile onto the base before he could be halted. He was shot dead when he brandished a weapon at authorities, according to Brig. Gen. Michael Talley, commanding general of the US Army Medical Research and Development Command and Fort Detrick.

"We were as prepared as we could be for something like this," Talley said.

The shooting comes four days after a man drove his car into two US Capitol Police officers near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, an hour south from Frederick, killing one and injuring another. The man got out of his car armed with a knife and started to “lunge toward” the officers before being shot. He later died.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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