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Shooting near NSA hqs being probed


FORT MEADE, MD – US law enforcement on February 14 said they were investigating an apparent shooting near the National Security Agency (NSA) headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, with local media reporting at least one person had been wounded and one taken into custody.

Officials said there was no continuing threat after the morning incident, which left a black sport utility vehicle (SUV) riddled with what appeared to be bullet holes, according to video from the scene.

It was unclear whether shots had been fired by a suspect or by law enforcement.

“NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s secure vehicle entry gates,” the agency said on Twitter. “The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security of safety threat.”

A Fort Meade spokesman confirmed one person had been injured and transported and that a main highway was closed near the facility, a US Army installation, 48 km northeast of Washington.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating even as local media reports earlier said that as many as three people had been wounded.

Black SUV with ‘bullet holes’in the front windshield was at the gate of Fort Meade, the US Army installation that is the home of the NSA, as well as the US Cyber Command and Defense Information School. The vehicle was at the end of a dead-end lane marked by concrete NSA-stamped barricade blocks on one side and a chain-link fence on the other, near a guard booth and entrance gate.

The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is one of the US government’s main spy agencies. The secretive agency focuses on using technological tools, including the monitoring of internet traffic, to monitor the government’s adversaries.

A White House spokeswoman said President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.

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