Authorities are investigating a shooting outside NSA headquarters near Fort Meade, Maryland, early Wednesday morning. One person was injured.
The incident took place at the Canine Road gate, where authorities surrounded a handcuffed man after a black SUV ran into a concrete barrier.
Statements released say they do not believe individuals in the car vehicle were “targeting” NSA or Fort Meade. It’s not clear if they were running from local police, but they somehow ended up at the gate, and crashed through it, and then tried to exit the gate.
“NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s secure vehicle entry gates. The situation is under control and there’s no ongoing security or safety threat,” an NSA statement said.
President Donald Trump has been “briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade,” and the White House offers thoughts and prayers with those who have been affected, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
Video released from the scene showed the SUV –with at least two bullet holes in the front windshield–sandwiched between the security barriers and fencing. A man could be seen handcuffed, sitting on the ground near the vehicle with blood-stained clothes on the ground nearby.
Despite prominent highway signs, drivers occasionally take the wrong exit and end up funneled into tightly secured access gates. Most carefully follow the orders of heavily armed federal officers and turn around without any issues.
But in March 2015, one person was killed in a firefight that erupted after a car with two people on board tried to ram a gate at Fort Meade.
In that incident, the driver ignored commands to stop, and barriers were deployed. The vehicle then accelerated and NSA police opened fire. The vehicle subsequently crashed into a police vehicle.
One of the vehicle’s occupants died at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Authorities later confirmed the men had stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a party at a motel.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the incident and the NSA said there are no ongoing security concerns.
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