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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Status update on victims in active shooter incident

The following is a joint statement between Frederick Police Department, Fort Detrick, U.S. Navy  and the Federal Bureau of Investigations Baltimore Field Office regarding the active shooter incident that occurred in Frederick Tuesday April 6, 2021

At approximately 8:20 a.m. Tuesday April 6, 2021, Frederick Police Department responded to the scene where 38-year-old Frederick resident Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet opened fire on two victims in the 8400 Block of Progress Drive.

The two victims suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to an area shock trauma center. US Navy Hospitalman Casey Nutt, 26, of Germantown, was found by employees at Nicolock after he fled the scene of the initial shooting. Nutt was released from the trauma center Tuesday night.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Portugal, 36, of Frederick, is the victim FPD found in the warehouse where the initial shooting occurred. He remains at the trauma center in critical condition.

Our partnering agencies are providing resources and support for the victims and their families during this time to ensure the highest quality care. The agencies are also providing resources and support for the subject’s family during this time. Our agencies ask that all media respect the privacy of the victims and their families at this time. 

The following leaders of investigating and allied agencies issued the following statements:

Frederick Chief of Police Jason Lando issued the following statement: “On behalf of all the men and women of the Frederick Police Department, we would like to send our best wishes for a full recovery to both victims of yesterday's shooting. Yesterday was a tragic day for our entire city, but even more so for those who were injured and for their families. Please know you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Brig. Gen. Mike Talley, Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research & Development Command and Fort Detrick: "We send our thoughts and prayers to Hospitalman Nutt and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Portugal and their families. The Fort Detrick community is here to offer support as our brave Sailors heal from this tragic incident."

FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge, Jennifer Boone: "Our thoughts are with the victims, their families and the Navy community at this time," said Jennifer C. Boone, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Baltimore Field Office. "FBI Baltimore continues to investigate the events at Ft. Detrick and we are offering continued assistance and resources to our law enforcement partners."

A Navy spokesperson on behalf of the Navy: “We send our deepest condolences to all affected by this terrible act of violence and will continue to support the investigation. A Navy Medicine special psychiatric rapid intervention team (SPRINT) has been sent to Fort Detrick to provide counseling support for individuals affected by this tragic event and they will work with local Army Chaplains and other support services on Fort Detrick to ensure those in need of care get the support they need.”

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