Navy corpsman dead after shooting wounds two sailors

A Navy corpsman on Tuesday shot two other service members, wounding one of them critically, at a Maryland business park before traveling to a nearby Army base where he was shot and killed.

Authorities in Frederick, about 45 miles northwest of Washington, identified the alleged shooter as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, a 38 year old U.S. Navy hospital corpsman.

The initial shootings were at Riverside Tech Park, a sprawling, suburban-style complex of buildings that house commercial businesses.

Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando: "We are now able to confirm in the Tech Park there's a military institution that's tied to the military. That's where the shooting took place. I can confirm a rifle was used."

Afterwards, Woldesenbet went to Fort Detrick, an Army base about four miles away.

"The subject was stopped at the gate and before he was able to be searched he sped past the gate, made it about a half mile into the installation. He was pursued immediately. They were able to stop him in a parking lot."

Army Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley said he then brandished a weapon at the military personnel who pursued him. He was then fatally shot.

As to whether the shooter knew the victims, Talley said they were looking into it but refused to speculate.

Talley: "We don’t want to compromise any aspect of the investigation.”

Authorities said detectives are still trying to determine a possible motive.

Video Transcript

- A Navy corpsman on Tuesday shot two other service members, wounding one of them critically at a Maryland business park before traveling to a nearby army base, where he was shot and killed. Authorities in Frederick, about 45 miles northwest of Washington, identified the alleged shooter as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, a 38-year-old US Navy hospital corpsman. The initial shootings were at Riverside Tech Park, a sprawling suburban-style complex of buildings that housed commercial businesses. Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando.

CHIEF JASON LANDO: We are now able to confirm that in the Tech Park, there is a military institution there, it's tied to the military, to the Navy. And that is where the shooting took place, so there is a connection to the Navy there. I can confirm to you that a rifle was used.

- Afterwards, Woldesenbet went to Fort Detrick, an Army base about four miles away.

GEN. MICHAEL TALLEY: The subject was stopped at the gate and before he was able to be searched, he sped past the gate, made it about a half mile into the installation. He was pursued immediately by the Fort Detrick quick reaction force. They were able to stop him in a parking lot.

- Army Brigade General Michael J. Talley said Woldesenbet then brandished a weapon at the military personnel who pursued him. He was then fatally shot. As to whether the alleged shooter knew the victims, Talley said they were looking into it, but refused to speculate.

GEN. MICHAEL TALLEY: Again, we don't want to compromise any aspect of the investigation.

- Authorities said detectives are still trying to determine a possible motive.