UPDATE: FBI says 3 people in vehicle that tried to enter NSA

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FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — 1:25 a.m.

Three people were in a vehicle the National Security Agency says tried to make an unauthorized entry onto the spy agency's campus Wednesday morning in an incident that led to gunfire and left three people injured.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson told a news conference that the three injured were the driver of the vehicle, an NSA police officer and a civilian onlooker.

Johnson says two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken into custody and were being questioned. Johnson says the injuries suffered by the police officer and the onlooker did not appear to be life threatening. He did not have any information about the driver's injuries.

The NSA has said although there was gunfire, it doesn't appear anyone was shot in the incident at Fort Meade in Maryland.

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11:30 a.m.

A federal official says the incident outside the National Security Agency's campus that led to gunfire and left several people hospitalized wasn't linked to terrorism.

The official requested anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak publicly.

In a statement, the NSA says a vehicle tried to enter the spy agency's secure campus in Maryland without authorization shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. The statement also says weapons were fired during the incident but it doesn't appear that any injuries were caused by gunfire.

The FBI is investigating.

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10:55 a.m.

The National Security Agency says several people were hospitalized after a shooting outside the agency's campus at Fort Meade, but no injuries were caused by gunfire.

An NSA statement says a vehicle tried to enter the agency's secure campus without authorization shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday. The statement also says weapons were fired during the incident.

The FBI is investigating.

Images from local news outlets showed authorities surrounding two handcuffed people after a black SUV ran into a barrier outside the Maryland base.

Earlier, Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips said one person was injured in the shooting and was taken to a hospital.

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8:30 a.m.

One person was wounded in a shooting Wednesday morning outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade.

Images from local news outlets showed authorities surrounding two handcuffed people after a black SUV ran into a barrier outside the Maryland base. Fort Meade garrison spokeswoman Cheryl Phillips confirmed that one person was wounded in the shooting and was taken to a hospital.

"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 Donald Trump has been "briefed on the shooting at Ft. Meade," and the White House offered thoughts and prayers with those who have been affected, spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.

The FBI said it was sending people to the scene.

An image taken from a WRC-TV helicopter shows the police and fire department response outside the facility. WRC said bullet holes could be seen in the vehicle's front window, and air bags were deployed. Blood-stained material could be seen on the ground.

After the shooting, authorities closed a major highway in both directions, causing major backups throughout the area during rush hour.

Despite prominent highway signs, drivers occasionally take the wrong exit and end up at the tightly secured gates. Most motorists then carefully follow the orders of heavily armed federal officers and turn around without getting into more trouble.

But in early 2015, two people were shot at by NSA police when they disobeyed orders outside the heavily secured campus. One driver died at the scene after NSA police opened fire on a stolen sports utility vehicle. Authorities later said they had stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a party at a motel.



 
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