Shooting at NSA headquarters in Maryland leaves 3 hospitalized, 3 in custody

The scene of a shooting at the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Md., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (WJLA) 

FORT MEADE, Md. (WJLA) – A shooting at the National Security Agency headquarters Wednesday morning has led to three people, including an NSA police officer, being taken to the hospital, according to authorities.

The NSA released a statement on the incident and said that an unauthorized car tried to drive onto the NSA campus at Gate One around 6:55 a.m. NSA Police responded and shots were fired but officials said early reports do not indicate anyone was hit by gunfire.

According to sources, the incident was most likely the result of a wrong turn and panic on the part of the driver, a 17-year-old boy, when confronted by NSA officers. A source at the NSA also said the incident is not linked to terrorism.

The other two people injured were someone from the unauthorized car and a civilian onlooker, the FBI said. Fort Meade staged media at the National Cryptologic Museum where the FBI held a press conference around 1 p.m.

The FBI said it took three males into custody in connection with the event.

Sources told ABC7 three people were hurt in the incident. The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump had been briefed on the shooting. The FBI is investigating, including the circumstances that led to gunfire, and no motive has yet been released.

The FBI says it believes this was an isolated incident.


The NSA released a statement earlier in the day saying that the "situation is under control and there is no ongoing security or safety threat."

A black SUV at the scene appeared to have multiple bullet holes in its windshield. Maryland State Police were also on the scene.

Authorities later released the dispatch calls concerning the shooting.

U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., also said that weapons were discharged at NSA but that no one was shot or killed.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department said it was helping the Fort Meade Fire Department with the incident at 9800 Savage Road. The fire department has since said its fire crews have been released from the scene.