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‘No in­di­ca­tion’ of ter­ror­ism; shots likely fired on SUV.

Dayton Daily News - - NATION - By Brian Witte

3 hurt af­ter ve­hi­cle tries to breach NSA com­pound

An FORT MEADE, MD. — unau­tho­rized ve­hi­cle tried to en­ter the se­cure cam­pus of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency at Fort Meade on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, spark­ing a con- fronta­tion that left three peo­ple in­jured, au­thor­i­ties said.

Gun­shots were fired dur­ing the in­ci­dent, but of­fi­cials said they did not be­lieve any of the in­juries re­sulted from gun­fire. Gor­don John­son, spe­cial agent in charge of the FBI’s Bal­ti­more field of­fice, would not give de­tails about who opened fire but did say that, pre­lim­i­nar­ily, it looks like all gun­fire was di­rected to­ward the ve­hi­cle.

At a news c on­fer­ence Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, John- son said the FBI was still col- lect­ing ev­i­dence but be­lieves it was an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

“I can­not em­pha­size enough that we be­lieve there is no in­di­ca­tion that this has a nexus to ter­ror- ism,” John­son told re­port- ers gath­ered at a park­ing lot next to the Na­tional Cryp­to­logic Mu­seum.

John­son said the three in­jured were the driver of the ve­hi­cle, an NSA po­lice of­fi­cer and a civil­ian on­looker. He would not give any de­tails about how they were in­jured.

Two other peo­ple who were in the ve­hi­cle have been taken into cus­tody and were be­ing ques­tioned, John­son said. The in­juries suf­fered by the po­lice of­fi­cer and the on­looker did not ap­pear to be life threat­en­ing, he said. He did not have any in­for­ma­tion about the driver’s in­juries.

The in­ci­dent be­gan when the ve­hi­cle tried to en­ter the spy agency’s cam­pus with­out au­tho­riza­tion around 7 a.m., the NSA said in a state­ment. The state­ment said weapons were fired but “pre­lim­i­nary re­ports do not presently indi- cate that there are in­juries at­trib­ut­able to gun­fire.”

The FBI is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Images from lo­cal news out­lets showed au­thor­i­ties sur­round­ing two hand­cuffed peo­ple af­ter a black SUV ran into a bar­rier out­side the Mary­land base.

John­son said the vehi- cle had New York li­cense plates and he be­lieved it was a rental car. He said he did not know why the peo­ple in the ve­hi­cle were at the fa­cil­ity.

“I don’t have the an­swer to that,” he said. “We are try­ing to put that as our ques­tion one as to what put these indi- vid­u­als on this com­pound ear­lier this morn­ing.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has been “briefed on the shoot­ing at Ft. Meade,” and the White House of­fered thoughts and prayers with those who have been af­fected, spokes­woman Lind­say Wal­ters said.

An im­age taken from a WRC-TV he­li­copter showed the po­lice and fire depart­ment re­sponse out­side the fa­cil­ity. WRC said bul­let holes could be seen in the ve­hi­cle’s front win­dow, and air bags were de­ployed. Blood­stained ma­te­rial could be seen on the ground.

Af­ter the shoot­ing, au­thor­i­ties closed a ma­jor high­way in both directions, caus­ing ma­jor back­ups through­out the area dur­ing rush hour.

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.

But in early 2015, two peo­ple were shot at 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 they had stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a party.


Au­thor­i­ties in­ves­ti­gate the scene of a shoot­ing at the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency cam­pus in Fort Meade, Md. , early Wed­nes­day. A driver in a black SUV tried to il­le­gally en­ter the fa­cil­ity.

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