Fort Detrick shooter who wounded two Navy sailors identified as Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet

FREDERICK, MD – The suspected gunman who shot and wounded two Navy sailors before being fatally shot by authorities at Fort Detrick has been identified as 38-year-old Navy hospital corpsman Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet.

While officials have yet to piece together a possible motive for the attack, here are the details that have been shared thus far.

Officials say that police were first notified about the shooting that occurred roughly four miles east of Fort Detrick at approximately 8:20 a.m. on April 6th.

Frederick Police Chief Jason Lando stated the shooting that saw two Navy sailors wounded occurred at “a military institution” within Riverside Tech Park.

Apparently the “military institution” was a warehouse that was rented by the Naval Medical Research Center, Biological Defense Research Directorate for the purpose of storing supplies and equipment.

All that has been shared about the non-fatal shooting of the two sailors at this warehouse was that it was allegedly carried out by Woldesenbet and he’d used a rifle when doing so. 

One of the victims was last listed as being in critical, but stable, condition.

As for the second victim, the sailor was said to be in serious condition, but officials anticipate their release from the hospital at some point on April 7th.

Woldesenbet, who was said to be an E-4 in the Navy, was then said to have driven over to Fort Detrick after the shooting. Apparently, Woldesenbet had briefly stopped at the post’s gates, but then took off before those assigned to the gates could search his vehicle.

The alleged shooter was said to have made it into the base about half a mile before being stopped by authorities. Officials say that Woldesenbet then exited his vehicle while brandishing a firearm and was fatally shot by authorities.

Army Brigadier General Michael J. Talley noted that investigators are still trying to ascertain a motive behind the shooting:

“We are still investigating motive, investigating the exact circumstances.”

Additional details regarding the deceased suspect note that since 2012, Woldesenbet had spent time training at various military medicine training centers and facilities within Virginia, Washington, Texas, Illinois, and North Carolina.

Woldesenbet was reportedly stationed at Fort Detrick during the time of the incident, but resided off base in the city of Frederick.

This is a developing investigation.

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In an update to our previous report regarding the mass shooting that occurred in Boulder, Colorado in March, authorities have reportedly finished their investigation at the King Soopers grocery store where the incident occurred. 

The store location reportedly remains closed to the public, and the company hasn’t commented on whether or not there are ever any intentions to re-open the grocery store location. 

Yet, despite the progress reportedly made on the investigation, there hasn’t been any official press releases on what may have motivated the alleged shooter to carry out the horrific crime. 

The suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is currently charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. 

However, prosecutors say that the suspect will likely be facing additional charges down the line.  

Attorneys representing the alleged murderer in the case are also trying to get a gag order placed on the case that would prohibit district attorneys and law enforcement from talking about the investigation. 

Megan Ring, head of the Colorado Public Defenders Office, filed a motion with the courts – along with several other attorneys representing Alissa – demanding that there be a gag order enforced due to the risk of tainting a “potential jury pool” when the case goes to trial: 

“The trial courts must take strong measures to ensure that the balance is never weighed against the accused.”

“The continuing media coverage has begun to taint any potential jury pool. There is no legitimate purpose, at this stage of the proceedings, for the District Attorney, his agents, or law enforcement agencies to be making any public statements concerning the case.”

Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty pushed back against the sentiments within the motion filed, saying that the public has a right to know developments “regarding cases of interest”:

“To the extent that the People responded to questions posed by the media regarding the above listed topics, the responses were limited and in compliance with all ethical requirements regarding public disclosures involving a pending case.”

“While every criminal defendant maintains the right to a fair trial, the public has the right to remain informed regarding cases of interest to the community.”

Here’s our previous report regarding the Boulder shooting. 


BOULDER, CO – Officials have identified the victims killed in the mass shooting that occurred at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, on March 22nd. Among those killed was a was a Boulder Police officer who’d responded to the incident.

The identity of the suspected shooter has also been released by officials.

During the afternoon of March 22nd, a mass shooting occurred inside of the King Soopers grocery store in Boulder which resulted in 10 victims being killed. Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley was among the slain victims, having been the first officer to respond to the scene of the incident that day.

The 51-year-old officer had been with the Boulder Police Department since 2010. A procession of police and emergency vehicles escorted the fallen officer’s body the evening of the shooting.

Homer Talley, the fallen officer’s father, said that his son took his role as a police officer “very seriously”:

“He took his job as a police officer very seriously.”

Kristen Stillwell, Officer Talley’s sister, took to Twitter following the news of her brother’s passing, writing the following:

“Officer Eric Talley is my big brother. He died today in the Boulder shooting. My heart is broken. I cannot explain how beautiful he was and what a devastating loss this is to so many. Fly high my sweet brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Soar.”

Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty also commented on the loss of Officer Talley, saying the following:

“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut far too short.”

The identities of the other nine victims killed in the mass shooting were identified as follows:

  • 20-year-old Denny Strong
  • 23-year-old Neven Stanisic
  • 25-year-old Rikki Olds
  • 49-year-old Tralona Bartkowiak
  • 59-year-old Suzanne Fountain
  • 51-year-old Teri Leiker
  • 61-year-old Kevin Mahoney
  • 62-year-old Lynn Murray
  • 65-year-old Jody Waters

Boulder Police Department Chief Herold has also recently identified the alleged shooter behind the atrocity that unfolded in Boulder, saying the suspect in custody is 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa.

He’s been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and is currently being held at a local hospital due to a leg injury stemming from the shooting.

Officials say that the suspect will likely be moved to the Boulder County Jail at some point on March 23rd.

Investigators say that the alleged motive behind the shooting is unclear as of this time.

While the suspected shooter’s social media accounts have been taken down, some were able to get a glimpse and screenshots of his online postings before those social media accounts were deleted.

Reports indicate that the shooter was an alleged ISIS sympathizer who would share posts online over his disdain for “Islamophobia”, while also sharing posts of his strong anti-Trump sentiments.

According to a post from Jack Posobiec, President Joe Biden has been briefed on details about the alleged shooter behind the attack:

“BREAKING: Biden has been briefed the Colorado shooter had ISIS sympathies, per [White House] official.”

In a report from The Daily Beast, the shooting suspect’s brother, 34-year-old Ali Aliwi Al-Issa, described his brother as someone who was irrationally paranoid and may have had issues with mental illness:

“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head.”

Signs of this alleged paranoia are evidenced by some of the screenshots that were obtained from his social media profiles before they were deleted, such as one post where the suspect wrote that “racist islamophobic people” were “hacking” his phone in order to cause him grief.

This is a developing investigation.

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