WASHINGTON: A shooting erupted Wednesday outside the suburban Washington headquarters of the National Security Agency, a secretive intelligence organization responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping, leaving at least one person injured, officials said, reports AFP.
NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs outside the NSA facility in Fort Meade, Maryland. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle’s front windows.
“We can confirm there has been one person injured and we don’t know how the injuries occurred,” an NSA spokesman said. The local ABC affiliate put the number of injured at three and said a suspect was arrested.The NSA said the situation was under control, advising motorists that a highway leading to the complex was closed in both direction “due to a police investigation.”
“The president has been briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade,” the White House said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected.”