Early Wednesday morning a black suv with tinted windows barreled down a restricted road towards guards. A guard opened fire on the approaching vehicle leaving the windshield shattered after crashing into the barricades, with the suspect now in custody.
In video taken by WUSA-TV, a black SUV with bullet holes in the windshield is shown slammed against a concrete barrier near the gates of the NSA, which is located on the grounds of Fort Meade in Maryland. The footage from WRC shows police surrounding a handcuffed man sitting on the ground near the vehicle.
The FBI’s Baltimore office said on Twitter that it had sent agents to investigate the incident, and that the situation had been “contained”.
Local emergency services also responded to the scene, and schools said they expected a delay as bus routes were affected by increased traffic.
“NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s security vehicle entry gates. The situation is under control and there’s no ongoing security or safety threat,” an NSA statement said.
President Trump was “briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade,” and the White House offered thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.
It was not immediately clear if the incident was directly connected to NSA or NSA personnel, but it shut down traffic along stretch of Route 32 by the NSA campus, preventing NSA workers who use that route from entering the grounds.