After the shooting, the suspect drove to the military base
Police and Navy officials said that a naval medic shot and wounded two people in a business park in Maryland on Tuesday, then fled to a nearby military base with a fatal shot.
Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando said that the gunman opened a shop in the Riverside Science Park and people fled there. He said he did not know whether the shot was fired inside or outside the building.
Lando said at a press conference that after the shooting, the suspect drove to Fort Detrick, and about 10 minutes later, base personnel shot him down.
The Navy said in a preliminary statement that a “shooting incident” occurred in Fort Dietrick “involving sailors”. The perpetrator was a naval medic assigned to the base and was killed.
Lando said that the person killed at the base was the same person who wounded the two in the business park. Fort Detrick officials later confirmed the version on the base’s Facebook page.
Lando said the two injured were transported to the hospital by air ambulance.
A spokeswoman for Fort Delhi, Lanessa Hill, said that the man with the gun passed through the gate and entered the base before facing the people on the scene.
“After a while, I walked through the gate. It was less than a quarter of a mile (400 meters),” Hill said. He added that the Frederick police had warned them, “So we know he is there.”
Fort Detrick is a military base in Frederick, home to the main military biological defense laboratory and several civilian biological defense laboratories.
Lando called the shooting “very tragic.”
“This happens often. Every time we turn on the TV, we see a similar situation. Also, it’s happening in our backyard now.”