Shootings Near NSA HQ at Ft. Meade Md

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Police are investigating a reported shooting near the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, Wednesday morning.

Preliminary reports said three people were shot and wounded, according to ABC News, which reported one person is in custody.

 The NSA says it is investigating and the incident is under control with no on-going security concerns.

Video from the scene showed a minivan with at least two bullet holes in the front windshield, and it appears as if the van tried to crash through security at the NSA entrance to Ft. Meade, a sprawling complex outside Baltimore, near BWI International Airport.   An image taken from a WRC-TV helicopter shows a police and fire department response outside one of the facility’s secure vehicle entry gates. WRC said bullet holes could be seen in the vehicle’s front window, and several air bags were deployed.

Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed that one person was injured in the shooting outside the base and was taken to 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 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.

The FBI said it was sending people to the scene. Maryland State Police say that Maryland Route 32 is closed in both directions in the area.

The incident appears similar to a March 2015 event where  one person was killed in a firefight that erupted after a car with two people on board tried to ram a gate.  In that incident, the driver ignored commands to stop, the NSA said, and barriers were deployed.

 

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