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Navy Hospital Corpsman killed after shooting two sailors Tuesday near Ft. Detrick

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Frederick Active shooter
Posted at 9:32 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-07 16:36:34-04

FREDERICK, Md. — One person is dead and two others are injured following an active shooter incident in Frederick, Tuesday morning.

Police first got the call around 8:20 a.m. for shots fired inside a Navy office at the Riverside Tech Park on Progress Drive.

Two active U.S. Navy sailors, 26-year-old Casey Nutt and Carlos Portugal, 36, were wounded.

A video obtained by WJLA from a business called Nicolock Paving Stones, shows Nutt entering the business, fully uniformed looking for help after he'd been shot.

Both victims were flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma.

Nutt was treated and released Tuesday night. However, Portugal remains in critical condition.

Following the shooting, the gunman drove to nearby Ft. Detrick where he sped by security at the Nalin Pond gate off Opposumtown Pike.

Within minutes Military Police stationed on-base fatally shot the suspect, when he brandished a rifle.

"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 later identified the gunman as 38-year-old U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, of Frederick.

According to Tommy Lamkin, a spokesman for the Naval Medical Research Center, Nutt and Portugal worked with the shooter as Hospital Corpsmen at the Biological Defense Research Directorate.

Lamkin couldn’t speculate on the nature of their relationship. Police still haven't determined a motive in the shooting.

“The command’s main focus is on casualty assistance making sure that family members have the resources available for counseling,” says Lamkin. “As well as for the staff that was there and that was affected. The command is focused on letting the investigation happen.”