At least three people have been injured in a shooting near the National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, according to reports from local media outlets. (A spokesperson for the Fort Meade garrison told the AP later that one person was injured, so the number of injuries in this incident is unclear.)
Video from the scene of the NSA headquarters shooting shows what looks like a black SUV parked in front of the building. The SUV appears to have bullet holes in the windshield. Police are investigating the shooting, and local media is reporting that one suspect is in custody. The FBI’s Baltimore office tweeted that it is sending personnel to the NSA headquarters.
The Fort Meade Police Department tweeted that it isn’t the lead agency on the investigation into the NSA headquarters shooting, but it is assisting. The NSA is telling local media that there aren’t any concerns about security currently as a suspect is in custody. The agency reports that “an incident” occurred near the vehicle entrance gates, but the situation is now under control.
Aerial video from the scene shows what looks like the suspect in custody. It shows a figure wearing a black hoodie sitting on the curb near the scene with their head turned toward the ground. The SUV which appears to have bullet holes in the windshield is parked near some barriers at the NSA headquarters, and it looks like the airbags were deployed, based on images from the scene.
Officials aren’t releasing many other details about the NSA headquarters shooting right now, but local media outlets are reporting that one of the three people who were injured is a police officer. Some are also reporting that the shooting occurred after a driver rammed a barricade at the NSA headquarters.
A certain media outlet (which will remain nameless) may be erroneously reporting that the incident occurred when two men dressed as women tried to ram a stolen vehicle through the gate there. The media outlet seems to have gotten this from a questionable source on Twitter. However, the local Fox affiliate is reporting that the incident with two men dressed as women occurred in 2015, which means the story behind today’s NSA headquarters shooting is probably different.