Shoot­ing at NSA near Wash­ing­ton wounds one


WASH­ING­TON (Reuters) – US law-en­force­ment of­fi­cials on Wed­nes­day said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing an ap­par­ent shoot­ing near the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency head­quar­ters in Fort Meade, Mary­land, with lo­cal me­dia re­port­ing at least one per­son had been wounded and one taken into cus­tody.

Of­fi­cials said there was no con­tin­u­ing threat af­ter the morn­ing in­ci­dent, which left a black sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle rid­dled with what ap­peared to be bul­let holes, ac­cord­ing to video from the scene.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials did not pro­vide de­tails of the in­ci­dent and it was un­clear whether the shots had been fired by a sus­pect or by law en­force­ment.

“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 agency said on Twit­ter. “The sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol and there is no on­go­ing se­cu­rity or safety threat.”

A Fort Meade spokesman con­firmed one per­son had been in­jured and that a main high­way was closed near the fa­cil­ity, a US Army in­stal­la­tion about 30 miles (48 km.) north­east of Wash­ing­ton.

The Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

Ear­lier, lo­cal me­dia re­ports said that as many as three peo­ple had been wounded.

CBS News broad­casted im­ages of a black sports util­ity ve­hi­cle with what ap­peared to be bul­let holes in the front wind­shield at the gate of Fort Meade, the US Army in­stal­la­tion that is the home of the NSA, as well as the US Cy­ber Com­mand and De­fense In­for­ma­tion School. The ve­hi­cle was at the end of a dead-end lane marked by con­crete NSA-stamped bar­ri­cade blocks on one side and a chain­link fence on the other, near a guard booth and en­trance gate, the CBS video showed.

The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency is one of the US gov­ern­ment’s main spy agen­cies. The se­cre­tive agency fo­cuses on us­ing tech­no­log­i­cal tools, in­clud­ing the mon­i­tor­ing of In­ter­net traf­fic, to mon­i­tor the gov­ern­ment’s ad­ver­saries.

A White House spokes­woman said Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had been briefed on the in­ci­dent.

In March 2015, two peo­ple tried to drive their ve­hi­cle through the NSA’s heav­ily guarded gate. Of­fi­cers shot at the ve­hi­cle when they re­fused to stop, killing one of the oc­cu­pants. The peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle may have taken a wrong turn af­ter par­ty­ing and tak­ing drugs, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports.

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