3 peo­ple in­jured af­ter SUV tries to en­ter NSA cam­pus

The Palm Beach Post - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Brian Witte

FORT MEADE, MD. — An unau­tho­rized ve­hi­cle tried to en­ter the se­cure cam­pus of the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency at Fort Meade on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, spark­ing a con­fronta­tion 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 con­fer­ence Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, John- son said the FBI was still col- lect­ing ev­i­dence but be­lieves it was an iso­lated in­ci­dent.

“I can­not emp h asize enough that we be­lieve there is no in­di­ca­tion that this has a nexus to ter­ror- ism,” John­son told re­porters 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 offi- cer 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.

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 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 ve­hi­cle 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.

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