Driver tries to ram through gate at NSA headquarters.
Two men dressed as women tried to ram through the gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade with an SUV Monday morning, resulting in a shooting that left one person dead, according to authorities and sources familiar with the investigation.
After the gate was rammed around 9:30 local time, a guard reportedly got into an argument with the men and gunfire erupted.
NSA Spokesman Jonathan Freed said in a statement that an agency officer gave the driver "routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus," but the driver disobeyed them, so barriers were deployed.
Freed said the driver then accelerated toward an NSA Police vehicle blocking the road, crashing into the police vehicle. A U.S. government official familiar with the incident told Fox News that NSA security personnel shot at the vehicle when it tried to flee.
One person inside the unauthorized vehicle died at the scene of causes that were not immediately determined.
"Just after 9 a.m. today, one person was killed and another injured when they attempted to drive a vehicle into the National Security Agency portion of the installation without authorization," the NSA said in a statement. "NSA security personnel prevented them from gaining access to the installation."
A source told Fox News that the injured person has been taken to a hospital and is undergoing shock trauma, while an officer has been injured in the arm.
One official told Reuters that investigators are looking into whether drugs were involved.
Chad Jones, a spokesman at Fort Meade, told The Associated Press that emergency responders are on the scene.
At least one person on a stretcher being wheeled to an ambulance appeared to be in uniform, WUSA-TV reports. Aerial news images showed that one of the damaged vehicles was a white SUV marked "NSA Police." Its front end was crumpled, and the hood was up. The other was a dark, unmarked SUV.
FBI spokeswoman Amy J. Thoreson said the shooting scene is contained and the incident is not believed to be linked to terrorism. The agency is working with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted, she said.
The NSA is handling the investigation with assistance from the FBI, who are doing interviews with witnesses.
"The President has been briefed on this morning's incident at the National Security Agency and will be updated as appropriate,” said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.
Fort Meade, located in Maryland, is home to around 11,000 military personnel and 29,000 civilian employees, according to its website.
A building on the NSA campus was damaged by gunfire earlier this month. Authorities captured a man March 3 who they believe fired that night on the NSA site, as well as earlier at several nearby places and two moving vehicles. The suspect in that case, Hong Young, told police he heard voices directing him to fire on one of the occupied vehicles.
The gate that serves as the NSA entrance is just off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a scenic commuter route. In addition to the NSA, Fort Meade is home to the Defense Information Systems Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command. About 11,000 military personnel and about 29,000 civilian employees work on the property.Driver tries to ram through gate at NSA headquarters.
Two men dressed as women tried to ram through the gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade with an SUV Monday morning, resulting in a shooting that left one person dead, according to authorities and sources familiar with th...See more