Fort Detrick Shooting Suspect ID’d as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet

A police officer stands behind police tape outside the apartment of Navy Petty Ofc. 3rd Cl
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The shooting suspect killed at Maryland’s Fort Detrick on Tuesday has been identified as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet.

CNN reports Woldesenbet was as a Navy Hospital Corpsman who allegedly shot two sailors at Frederick, Maryland’s, Riverside Tech Park, before driving onto the military installation, where he was killed.

Army Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley indicated Woldesenbet allegedly stopped briefly at the Fort Detrick gate checkpoint, then took off and drove a half mile into the military installation before being stopped. He then allegedly exited the vehicle, brandished a firearm, and was shot dead by military police.

Television crew film outside the apartment of Navy Petty Ofc. 3rd Class Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, assigned to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Authorities say the Navy medic shot and wounded two U.S. sailors at a military facility before fleeing to a nearby Army base where security forces shot and killed him. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CNBC quoted U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Commander Col. Dexter Nunnally saying, “Our number one priority is the safety of our people. Our emergency responders are well-trained for these types of situations and the fast response of our military police enabled us to contain this threat quickly.”

One of the two wounded sailors is expected to be released from the hospital today. The second is in critical but stable condition.

Breitbart News reported Maryland has stringent gun controls, many of which are contained in the Firearms Safety Act of 2013. That Act banned “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, and put in a place a fingerprinting/registration requirement for new handgun buyers.

The Baltimore Sun pointed out Maryland has a red flag law that took effect October 1, 2018.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at



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