UPDATE: The NSA confirms that several people were hospitalized after a shooting outside the agency’s headquarters in Maryland Wednesday morning but says none of the injuries were caused by the gunfire.
February 14, 2018 Police in Maryland say a suspect is in custody following a shooting outside the National Security Administration headquarters in Maryland Wednesday morning. At least 3 people were injured in the incident, including one police officer.
The shooting took place outside of the Canine Road gate on the National Security Administration’s campus at Fort Meade in Maryland. Police on the scene have surrounded a black SUV that ran into a barrier.
A local NBC affiliate reports that Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed by phone that one person was injured in the shooting outside the base and was taken to hospital.
In a statement, the NSA said agency police and local law enforcement are responding to “an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s secure vehicle entry gates.” The agency said the situation is under control and there are no ongoing security concerns.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) said investigators are on the way to the scene. A motive for Wednesday morning’s shooting at the NSA headquarters has not been established. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security designated the FBI as the lead agency in all domestic incidents where terrorism is suspected, until it can be ruled out.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."