Maryland shooting: suspect killed and two victims in critical condition

Joan E Greve in Washington and agencies
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<span>Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP</span>
Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP

A suspect in a shooting at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday morning was shot and killed, officials said. The two victims in the shooting were in critical condition.

The US navy said the shooting “involved US navy sailors. The shooter, a navy hospital corpsman, is deceased.”

At a press conference, the Frederick police chief, Jason Lando, said the victims and the suspect were all adult males.

The medic shot two people at the Riverside Tech Park then drove 10 minutes to the base where he was shot and killed, Lando said. An employee on the military base shot the 38-year-old suspect, he added.

Fort Detrick spokeswoman Lanessa Hill said the gunman drove through a gate at an entrance to the base before base personnel confronted him on a road.

She said Frederick police had given the base advance notice, “so we knew that we was out there.”

Fort Detrick is a US army base that is home to the military’s flagship biological defense laboratory and several federal civilian biodefense labs.

Both victims were airlifted to the Baltimore shock trauma center.

Lando said: “We have two different scenes. All I can tell you is that we have confirmed there is only one shooter. The public is no longer at risk. Everyone is safe.”

Lando also called the shootings “very tragic”.

“It’s happening too frequently,” he said. “Every time we turn on the TV we’re seeing something like this happening. And now it’s happening in our back yards.”