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Corpsman who shot two people in Maryland previously stationed at Camp Lejeune

Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet
Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet(City of Frederick, MD)
Published: Apr. 7, 2021 at 6:01 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON - (WITN/AP) - A Navy corpsman who shot and wounded two U.S. sailors before he was killed had once been stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Fantahun Woldesenbet, 38, and the two men shot Tuesday were all assigned to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland.

Woldesenbet was a lab technician in the Naval Medical Research Center’s Biological Defense Research Directorate.

He enlisted in the Navy in September 2012, and had been stationed at Camp Lejeune, as well as other military facilities in San Antonio, Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas, Bermerton, Washington, and Portsmouth, Virginia.

The shooting took place at a warehouse rented by the research directorate to store supplies and equipment. The warehouse is located in the Riverside Tech Park, an office park several miles from the Army base. The warehouse is not staffed on a regular basis and is leased by a military contractor, Applehans said.

Woldesenbet shot the sailors with a rifle, police and military officials said. He then drove to the base, where gate guards who had been given advance notice told him to pull over for a search. But Woldesenbet immediately sped off, making it about a half-mile into the installation before he was stopped at a parking lot by the base’s police force. When he pulled out a weapon, the police shot and killed him, Fort Detrick’s Brig. Gen. Michael J. Talley said.

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