Suspect wounded, vehicle stopped after shooting at US NSA gate in Maryland

NSA shooting

On the morning of February 14, emergency crews responded to the NSA campus at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County for reports of a shooting.

Aerial images from SkyFOX show a black SUV with heavy body damage that apparently crashed into white security barriers near the gate. A suspect is being held in custody, The Associated Press reported. "The situation is under control and there's no ongoing security or safety threat", an NSA statement said.

Emergency responders are on the scene. They also reported 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.

The circumstances of the shooting are not known.

In 2015, two men dressed as women tried to ram a stolen vehicle through the gate of the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade.

Local fire and police departments had said earlier on Twitter they were responding to a possible shooting incident.

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NSA is U.S. secretive spy agency responsible for global electronic eavesdropping.

The White House said in a statement that President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting. "We will continue to provide updates as they become available", the statement added.

The FBI tweeted it "is aware of the incident at Fort Meade" and is sending personnel to the scene.

Authorities closed down a nearby highway, causing long traffic delays amid the morning commute, news reports said. Most motorists then carefully follow the orders of heavily armed federal officers and turn around without getting into more trouble.

In March 2015, two people tried to drive their sports utility vehicle through the NSA's heavily guarded gate.

The incident bears similarities to a 2015 attempted attack by two men who dressed up as women and drove their sports utility vehicle through the gate.

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