Two people were critically wounded in a shooting spree at an industrial park in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday before the suspect was fatally shot at a nearby military installation, police said.
The suspect, identified as a 38-year-old Navy medic, entered a business in the Riverside Tech Park and some people fled, but it was not immediately clear whether the shootings took place inside or outside the business, Chief Police Chief Jason Lando said.
The suspect then drove to Fort Detrick, about four miles from the scene, Lando said.
“Fort Detrick police have neutralized an active shooter situation involving an armed gunman and medical lifesaving procedures were initiated,” the Army installation said on its Twitter feed. “The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The Navy described the shooter as a Navy hospital corpsman. Fort Detrick is home to the Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, the Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and a campus of the National Cancer Institute.
Lando, who became chief a month ago, said the victims were flown to a shock trauma center in Baltimore. He said there was only one shooter and “the public is no longer at risk. Everyone is safe.”
The shooting comes after a series of fatal shooting sprees around the nation in recent weeks, including a rampage last week at a California office building that left four people dead.
“It’s very tragic and its happening too frequently,” Lando said. “Every time we turn on the TV we see it happening. And now its happening in our back yard.”
Jeremy Mutschler, director of marketing for Nicolock Paving Stones, said the shooting apparently took place near the company’s Frederick location but not at the business itself.
“One of the victims who was wounded entered our facility looking for help and we were able to assist and call the authorities,” Mutschler, who is based in New York, told the Associated Press.
Maryland State Police also responded, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Baltimore said its agents and a K-9 team were on the scene of what ATF described as a “critical incident.”
Gov. Larry Hogan has been briefed on the situation, his office said.
Earlier, police posted on social media that officers were “on scene of an active shooter. The suspect is down. There are two victims with status unknown.”
Frederick Community College briefly went into a lockdown, tweeting that “this is not a drill.” But later the college said students and staff could return to normal operations: “The incident has been contained. There is no threat on FCC campus. ALL CLEAR.”
Some Frederick County public schools also were briefly locked down “due to police activity in the area,” the administration said. “All students and staff are safe. The lockout has been lifted.”
Frederick is city of about 70,000 people about 50 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.