3 people wounded in shooting at NSA headquarters

  • Three people were wounded after NSA police officers opened fire at an unauthorised vehicle outside NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, authorities said Wednesday morning.
  • Two people are in custody and a third is being treated for injuries at a local hospital, local authorities said. A civilian and a police officer were also injured.
  • The White House said President Donald Trump was briefed on the matter.

Gunfire broke out Wednesday morning in Fort Meade, Maryland, when three unidentified men in a black SUV attempted to enter Gate 1 of the NSA headquarters, local authorities said.

Three people were injured and transported to local hospitals, including one NSA police officer, a nearby civilian, and one of the men in the SUV, the FBI said.

In a statement, the NSA said preliminary reports could not confirm that those injuries were from gunfire. The other two passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident are in NSA custody, said Gordon Johnson, the lead investigator at the FBI’s Baltimore division.

“We don’t believe that there’s any nexus to terrorism,” Johnson said during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. “We believe this was an isolated incident.”

At approximately 6:55 a.m. local time on Wednesday, a vehicle attempted to enter the NSA’s campus without authorization, Johnson said.

By 9 a.m., the NSA indicated in a tweet that the situation was under control.

Images from a traffic helicopter showed a black SUV stopped outside of the NSA’s Gate 1 with what looked like bullet holes in the vehicle’s windshield. The NSA confirmed that “weapons were discharged in the course of the incident.”

Authorities closed down a nearby highway, causing long traffic delays during the morning commute, news reports said.

The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected,” the statement said. “We will continue to provide updates as they become available.”

The Baltimore FBI is leading the investigation.

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