MARYLAND (AP): A US Navy medic shot and critically wounded two people at a Maryland business park, then fled to a nearby Army base where he was shot and killed, police and US Navy officials say.
The man entered a business at the Riverside Tech Park, causing people inside to flee, but it was unclear if the shooting took place inside or outside, Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando says.
After the shooting, the medic drove about 10 minutes to Fort Detrick, where he was shot by base personnel, Lando says at a news conference. The US Navy released an initial statement saying there was an “active shooter incident” at Fort Detrick “involving US sa-ilors” and that the shooter, a Navy medic assigned to the base, was killed. Fort Detr-ick officials later confirmed that the man who was killed on base was the same person who shot the two people at the business park.
The two people who were shot at the business park were critically wounded and flown to a hospital, Lando says. Fort Detrick spokeswoman Lanessa Hill says the gunman drove through a gate at an entrance to the base before base personnel confronted him on a road.
“It wasn’t that long before he came through the gate. Not even a quarter of a mile,” Hill says. She says Frederick police had given them advance notice, “so we knew that [he] was out there.”
Fort Detrick is a US Army base in Frederick that is home to the military’s flagship biological defense laboratory and several federal civilian biodefense labs.
Lando calls the shootings “very tragic.”
“It’s happening too frequently. Every time we turn on the TV we’re seeing something like this happening. And now it’s happening in our backyards.”