Two people were reportedly wounded in Frederick, Maryland, by a Navy sailor who was later killed at Fort Detrick for breaching a fence.
Two people were injured in a shooting incident in Frederick, Maryland, police said. The gunman, a Navy sailor, was apprehended by military law enforcement after breaching the gate of nearby Fort Detrick.
Frederick police said the incident occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the 8400 block of Progress Drive in the city's northeast section.
According to Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando, the 38-year-old gunman entered a business in the Riverside Tech Park and "some people fled." When police arrived, they discovered two men who had suffered gunshot wounds. They were airlifted to a Baltimore hospital and are in critical condition.
Following the shooting, Lando said, the assailant drove approximately four miles to Fort Detrick. According to an Army official, police at the installation had already received a bulletin about the perpetrator, a Navy sailor assigned to the base.
The perpetrator drove his vehicle through the gate and onto the base before being apprehended and killed by law enforcement, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
“Our emergency responders are highly qualified to deal with these types of emergencies, and the rapid response of our military police helped us to quickly contain this threat,” Fort Detrick commander Col. Dexter Nunnally said in a statement.
Lando said that there was a single shooter and that the public is "no longer in danger."
According to him, no officers were injured in the incident. Fort Detrick is guarded by civilian Department of Defense police officers.
According to the Navy, the gunman was an enlisted United States Navy hospital corpsman, the equivalent of a medic. His connection to the victims is unknown.
Fort Detrick is a U.S. Army installation devoted to scientific research and development, including the study and battle of the coronavirus.
The police chief described the shooting incident as "horrific" and said that such acts of violence "occur much too frequently."
“Every time we turn on the television, we see this unfolding, and it's now unfolding in our backyard,” Lando said. “It's a shame.”
At the news conference, Frederick Mayor Michael O'Connor said that the incident serves as a reminder of the abuse that "no group wants to be the center of attention for."
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) spokesperson, Mike Ricci, confirmed that the governor was briefed on the situation and that Maryland State Police are assisting with the investigation.