Shots were fired outside the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade Mondaymorning after a vehicle attempted to ram the entry gate, according to media reports.
One person is dead and at least one other person is being treated for injuries, according to the Associated Press.
Footage from local television news helicopters showed two damaged vehicles — one an NSA police SUV — outside the gates. And at least one uniformed man is seen on the footage being loaded into an ambulance. A white sheet was spread over something that appeared to be a body on the ground near the second damaged vehicle.
Authorities were tight-lipped about details of the incident, with various agencies referring calls to the NSA, which has yet to release an official statement.
“NSA officials are responding at this moment,” said spokeswoman Shanice Johnson Mondaymorning. “At this time there is no information for me to relay.”
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department noted on its Twitter account that the department provided mutual aid assistance to Fort Meade for the “#NSAShooting.”
However a spokeswoman declined to provide any further details Monday morning, including how many first responders were dispatched to the scene.
The Fort Meade has 11,000 military personnel on site and another 29,000 civilian employees. The military installation encompasses more than 5,000 acres in Anne Arundel County between Baltimore and the District and is also home to the U.S. Cyber Command.
A Fort Meade spokeswoman also referred calls about Monday’s incident to the NSA, noting that the incident occurred on “their campus.”This is the second time in a month that gunshots have been reported at the NSA headquarters.
A 35-year-old Beltsville man was arrested earlier this month and accused of opening fire on five public places in Maryland from area highways. One of the shootings was a March 3 incident that damaged an NSA building.
No one was hurt in that incident.