Feb 14, 2018, 2:46 PM ET

Shots fired as unauthorized vehicle tried to enter NSA headquarters


Shots were fired Wednesday morning as an unauthorized vehicle tried to enter the secure campus of the National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. authorities said.

The incident happened shortly after 7 a.m. ET and "weapons were discharged in the course of the incident, which remained under investigation at this time," NSA spokesman Tommy Groves said in a statement.

"The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security or safety threat," Groves added. "The FBI is presently leading the investigation."

PHOTO: In this image made from video and provided by WUSA TV-9, authorities investigate the scene of a shooting at Fort Meade, Md. on Feb. 14, 2018.WUSA TV-9 via AP
In this image made from video and provided by WUSA TV-9, authorities investigate the scene of a shooting at Fort Meade, Md. on Feb. 14, 2018.

Three men, including the driver, were inside the unauthorized vehicle at the time of the incident, and investigators believe the car was a rental, according to Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore field Office. The FBI is investigating why shots were fired, Johnson said, but preliminary information indicates the gunfire was directed at the vehicle.

"That’s part of the investigation, to determine exactly what happened here," Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "This vehicle did come onto the NSA compound unauthorized and NSA has a series of protocols that they respond to these types of events, so that is part of our investigation and one of the questions we’re trying to answer."

NSA police took three people into custody, Groves said, adding that the incident is not terrorism-related.

The driver of the car, an NSA police officer and a civilian onlooker were injured during the incident and transported to a local hospital, according to Johnson. While he didn't know the status of the wounded driver, Johnson said the injuries sustained by the officer and the civilian were described as not life-threatening.

PHOTO: An external view of the National Security Agency building in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Md., is captured on Jan. 25, 2006. Paul J. Richards/AFP via Getty Images FILE
An external view of the National Security Agency building in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Md., is captured on Jan. 25, 2006.

Groves, the NSA spokesman, said earlier that preliminary reports indicate the injuries were not from gunfire.

Sources told ABC News the injuries were vehicle-related.

An earlier statement from the NSA said the incident took place "at one of NSA’s secure vehicle entry gates."

FBI agents responded to the scene, working in collaboration with NSA police, sources told ABC News.

The investigation is ongoing.

ABC News' Becky Perlow and Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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  • John Doe

    New secret intelligence agency needed a diversion. Now they are in. The NSA is now under the control of the president of the United /States of America.

  • Marcus4623

    Wrong turn?

    I was at the airport recently and was the only one getting ready to walk through security. I started to walk in an entrance and the TSA guy got all up in my face and said "Where do you think you are going?". I told him and he pointed up. It said airport personnel only. He pointed to my entrance so I went that way. I was the only person in line and I walked back and forth following the rope path until I got to the same TSA guy. I look to my left and the airport personnel line led to the exact same place I was now standing. I said "Was that really necessary?" He just ignored what I said. Checked my ID and sent me through to the next location. What a jerk!

  • Nerdrage

    Something doesn't jive with this story. Those bags opened at the back of the vehicle are suitcases, and there's little kids' toys scattered around. The blood on the ground is a large pool and it looks like it splashed a lot, that's way too much and too concentrated for wounds sustained in a vehicle crash. There's a whole lot more to this story, about what went down and how.

  • doug harmon

    they probably made a wrong turn.. I know because I accidentally pulled into a nuclear power plant back after 9-11 instead of the coal fired power plant down the road about a mile and these guys in solid black came out and surrounded my vehicle with automatic weapons pointed right at me. I thought I was dead for sure. but they looked at my papers and said I needed to go down the road.. lol.. scared the heck outta me though..

  • Jason Born

    Not the first mass shooting at a school in the US and it will not be the last. It's only a matter of time when guys like this work in teams or get access to much heavier weapons causing hundreds of casualties at a time.

  • Brooks Payne

    How did they miss at that range?

  • sdoubledub

    Thankful for the brave men and women who keep us safe. The same FBI that's being bashed for political gain is too busy dealing with serious issues like this, while others only belittle them. THEY are heroes imo.

  • Pi_Boson

    This may be related to the closing of the Office of the Inspector General at the intelligence agencies. No wonder security clearance questions are not resolved because Little Donny John and his clan of deplorables cut the budget for IG. We should all be very, VERY concerned about this.

  • M Miller

    Could be a test run to check for weak spots. Security must stay vigilant.

  • ken2rae

    My guess is some enraged Trumpabilly, filled with false propaganda from right wing rags like the stupid Pizzagate guy.

  • RedSoxPatriotsCelticsBruinsFan

    probly an alien.

  • Tony Radcliffe-Hung

    Probably just some aides for Devin Nunes trying to plant some evidence.

  • Blue Wave

    Security at and around NSA is literally deadly serious. They even have Maryland state troopers sitting along the roads that surround the main campus to prevent anyone from even stopping to take a look. Have a breakdown and you're sure to get a wrecker in record time. I made the mistake one time of having two empty propane bottles in the back of my truck - I was planning a cookout that weekend and was going to fill them up after work. Imagine my surprise when two NSA police officers approach me in my office asking about those bottles. Found out real quick that's a no-no on NSA property.

  • scott phillips

    no,no,no, turn left, not right...O damn, now you did it marge!

  • MickC

    "An external view of the National Security Agency
    building in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Md., is captured on
    Jan. 25, 2006."
    Washington suburb? It's a Baltimore suburb, less than 10 miles outside Baltimore, more than 20 miles outside Washington, and in northern Anne Arundel County, midway between Annapolis and Baltimore City, which traditionally identifies with Baltimore. The award for "Baltimore's Best Hotdog" went to Anne's Dari-Creme, also in northern A.A. County and a similar distance from Baltimore. The award for "Baltimore's Best Crab Cake" went to G&M Restaurant, which is a short distance from Camp Meade Road.

  • K Mat

    Sandy Berger going back to get that last HiIIary doc.

  • rightened

    I was stationed at Fort Meade while going to "A" School, and we were told upon checking into the barracks, "That's the way to the NSA. If you have no business going there, don't." They are beyond damned serious about anyone approaching that building without authorization.

  • Paul Iannello

    no terrorism...man they figured that out pretty fast...

  • 3 pack abs

    Bad idea - that place is more heavily guarded than Fort Knox

  • WeThePeople1976

    Must have been one of Trump's or Vlad's men.

  • Johnny Sanchez

    It was Kenn Starr looking for the Monica dress.

  • BassPlyr73 Again

    Probably just an entitled millennial, thinking they can go anywhere they please.

  • krussell25

    I wonder if they knew it was coming.

  • Uncle Bob

    How do criminals afford such nice cars?

  • Prophet With Honor

    Same gate the drunks tried to crash a couple of years ago?

  • Billy Bob Smith

    Just exercising his 2nd Amendment right to ownership and use.

  • Jukka-Emil Vanaja

    Nothing to see here, it was just the real Obama trying to escape from the cloning and containment zone.

  • Untouchable2K™

    Too much freedom in this country, that's the problem. We need Japan law.

  • Unsharpened Pencil

    How could there have been a shooting in the NSA, in a secure area?

  • allison kirkpatric

    The suspect has been identified as an American gun owner.

  • Dukedaddy

    This will turn out to simply a traffic accident. Even it was more, we will be told "It is nothing more than a traffic accident."

  • DFW-Texas 🇺🇸

    Glad to see Security was up to the task, no hesitation on their part, good job!

  • Lurker111

    Just another guy going to save the kids in the basement of the child sex ring building.

  • Orange McCarthy Slush

    The FBI responded? Must be an Obama deep state conspiracy. (Sarcasm)