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Updates on investigation into shooting near military base in Maryland: 2 injured, suspect dead

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The Frederick Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred near Fort Detrick in Frederick Tuesday morning.

Two people were shot and the suspect was confronted, shot and killed by authorities at the military base, according to local reports. The shooting took place at a business in Riverside Tech Park.

One of the victims is expected to be released Wednesday, according to reports.

The U.S. Navy later confirmed that the deceased suspect was Navy hospital corpsman Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet and identified the two victims as Navy sailors.

There is no active threat to the area at this time and local lockdowns have been lifted, police said during a news conference Tuesday morning.

A press briefing is expected at 2:30 local time.

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Driver free on bond after he admittedly killed teenager for Conservative views

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41-year-old Shannon Brandt is out on bond even though he was the one who admitted to killing a teenager because of the youngster’s political affiliation. Brandt chased 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson and ran him down with his car claiming he was part of a “Republican extremist group.” Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV.

Brandt was charged Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. Later in the week, he was let out on $50,000 bond stating he is not a flight risk. “I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.

Since his release, Brandt started removing certain content from his social media, the Post Millenial observed. “Prosecutors allege moments before he was killed, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson called his mom to come rescue him because 41-year-old Shannon Brandt was chasing him in the city of McHenry, where the street dance had just wrapped up. By the time she could get there, her son was dead” reports National Review.

“He was the one who called 911 to report the crash,” said North Dakota Highway Patrol Capt. Bryan Niewind.

Court papers show Brandt called 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and told the 911 dispatcher that he just hit Ellingson, claiming the teen was part of a Republican extremist group and was calling people to come get Brandt after a political argument.

 

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