Navy medic killed after injuring 2 in Maryland shooting

A U.S. Navy sailor shot and wounded two fellow sailors in Maryland on Tuesday before being killed by police.

Authorities identified the alleged gunman as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, a 38-year-old Navy hospital corpsman.

What happened: Police said Woldesenbet allegedly shot two sailors at a “military institution” at a business park in Federick, Md. Police were called to that scene at about 8:20 a.m.

Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference the shooter used a rifle, but did not elaborate on the weapon.

The gunman then drove to the Army’s nearby Fort Detrick, arriving at about 8:45 a.m. He was stopped at the base’s gates based on an alert police had already issued to be on the lookout for the suspect, Army Brig. Gen. Michael Talley, the base’s commander, said at the news conference. But he drove off before his car could be searched, Talley said.

The gunman made it about half a mile onto the base before he was stopped, got out of the car, brandished a weapon and was fatally shot by police, Talley said.

Woldesenbet did not live on Fort Detrick, police said. But he was assigned to the base, as are the two victims, Talley said.

Victims’ conditions: The Navy said later Tuesday that one of the sailors who was shot has been released from the hospital. The other victim remains in critical condition, the Navy tweeted.

“We send our deepest condolences to all affected by this terrible act of violence and will continue to support the investigation,” the Navy tweeted.

Investigation ongoing: Talley and Lando said the shooter’s motive is still under investigation, as is whether he had any connection to the victims.

The FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service are helping the Frederick Police Department with the investigation, Lando said.

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