Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet Photo: Police Release Picture

Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet Photo: Police Release Picture
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Fort Detrick/Fantahun Woldesenbet

Frederick Police released the first photo of shooting suspect Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet this afternoon, the day after they say he shot two Navy sailors and was fatally gunned down at Fort Detrick.

Woldesenbet, a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, allegedly wounded two people at a military installation about 10 minutes from Fort Detrick, a U.S. Army base where he worked. He was shot and killed at the base when officials said he fled a stop at a checkpoint and brandished a gun. The two injured victims survived.

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Images Circulated on Social Media Showing Men Who Were Not the Suspect in the Shooting

Social media ran rampant in the hours after the shooting, taking photos of men who were not the shooting suspect and claiming they showed the shooter.

One of the most common images circulating online showed Marquis Poteat, a man who was arrested in South Carolina on the day of the shooting. Poteat, 33, was charged in the death of Frankye Duckett. Duckett was shot and killed earlier in 2021 while he was working as an MTA mobility driver in Baltimore, according to CBS Local.

“That’s not Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet,” wrote freelance crime reporter Ethan Biando. “The photo you’ve linked is Marquis Poteat, a man accused of fatally shooting an MTA Mobility driver.”

Another image showed a different man with the same name. The other man is a doctor who works for a company called called BioInnovate Africa as a team leader to support biorefineries producing syrups in rain-fed communities in Africa, his profile says.

“He is a Researcher and Director at the Industrial Biotechnology Directorate, Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute. His research focus are in industrial biotechnology, enzyme technology, bioremediation, fermentation technology and agro-residue conversion,” says to profile for Dr. Fantahun Woldesenbet, who happens to have the same first and last name as the shooting suspect. “He has led and managed research programs both at national and international levels. He has also worked at Arba Minch University, Ethiopia as a lecturer and as assistant professor, and served at various administration posts as associate registrar, faculty dean and research director at the institution.”

“#FACTCHECK: This isn’t Fantahun Girma Woldesenbet, the deceased suspect in the Fort Detrick shooting,” Biando wrote. “This man is Dr. Fantahun Woldesenbet, a doctor working for a company called BioInnovate Africa.”