For the second time in three years, police and media report a shooting incident at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. Details are sketchy at the moment, but Anne Arundel police and fire have closed down roads surrounding the campus while an investigation unfolds. CBS has dramatic helicopter video showing one vehicle with what looks like a bullet hole in the window. Later footage showed four bullet holes:
There is breaking news of a shooting outside the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. There appears to be an SUV with bullet holes in the windshield parked near the entrance to the NSA. Details are still developing. pic.twitter.com/ArLelbWfZ8
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 14, 2018
The Baltimore Sun’s Sean Welsh has one of the first reports on the incident:
Police and fire crews are responding to “an incident” at the NSA campus at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County, fire and transportation officials said.
The exact circumstances of the investigation were not clear. Anne Arundel County Police reported a “possible shooting near NSA” on Twitter, but said they are not the lead agency.
Fort Meade public affairs confirmed an incident is being investigated and didn’t have any other information at this time.
From the CBS video, it appears the incident is over, whatever it might have been. Other media outlets are reporting three injuries, but that of course remains unconfirmed. WUSA reports that the NSA itself will conduct the investigation, and has live video of the scene:
Almost three years ago, a strange attack on the facility’s front gate left one dead and two others wounded. The motive for that attempted breach of the perimeter never did get much public airing, but one would have to assume that it was more than just a lunatic if it involved three men, two of whom were in disguise. This appears similarly disquieting. The NSA is a military agency, and its compound is — obviously — a high-value asset which would get protected by deadly force. One would think the 2015 demonstration of how seriously the agency takes perimeter security would suffice, but here we are.
The FBI has announced that they are looking into the shooting, and Donald Trump has been briefed on it as well. It may be quite a while before more is known about this incident, but we’ll update the post as developments warrant.