One person was injured Wednesday in a shooting outside the entrance to the super-secret National Security Agency in Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., according to authorities. A suspect was reported to be in custody.
In video taken by WUSA-TV, a black SUV with bullet holes in the windshield is shown slammed against a concrete barrier near the gates of the NSA, which is located on the grounds of Fort Meade in Maryland. Video footage from WRC-TV shows police surrounding a handcuffed man sitting on the ground near the vehicle.
Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed by phone that one person was injured in the shooting outside the base and taken to the hospital.
“NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s security vehicle entry gates. The situation is under control and there’s no ongoing security or safety threat,” an NSA statement said.
President Trump was “briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade,” and the White House offered thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
It was not immediately clear if the incident was directly connected to NSA or NSA personnel, but it shut down traffic along stretch of Route 32 by the campus, preventing NSA workers who use that route from entering the grounds.
At least one suspect appeared to be in custody, WRC-TV reports.
A spokesperson for local authorities said NSA law enforcement was in charge of the investigation into the shooting.
The NSA collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information from foreign electronic signals for national foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes.
It also oversees codebreaking and monitors federal government computer networks to counter cyberterrorism.
Despite prominent highway signs, drivers occasionally take the wrong exit and end up at the tightly secured gates. Most motorists then carefully follow the orders of heavily armed federal officers and turn around without getting into more trouble.
In 2015, two people were shot by NSA police when they disobeyed orders outside the heavily secured campus. One driver died at the scene after NSA police opened fire on a stolen sports utility vehicle. Authorities later said the two people had stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a party at a motel.
In 1993, a gunman opened fire outside the entrance to the Central Intelligence Agency in Virginia, killing two CIA employees in their cars and wounding three others. After a four-year manhunt, the gunman, Pakistani national Aimal Kasi, was tracked down in Pakistan by a joint CIA-FBI team and returned to the U.S. He was founded guilty of first-degree murder and executed in 2002.
Source: USA Today