NSA shooting: Several injured as vehicle crashes at gate

NSA shooting: Several injured as vehicle crashes at gate

Washington, Feb 14 (Just News): Three people were injured and three suspects were taken into custody after a car crashed outside the US National Security Agency's headquarters.

Gunfire rang out after the black SUV approached the facility in Fort Meade, Maryland, without authorisation.

There is no indication yet of any link to terrorism, FBI officials said.

The driver of the car, a civilian and an NSA police officer were taken to hospital, the agency said.

FBI special agent Gordon Johnson said the injured were all taken to hospital from the US Army base, which is about 30 miles (48km) north-east of Washington DC, after Wednesday morning's incident.

No injuries appeared to be related to the gunfire, he said, and it appeared the gunfire was directed at the vehicle as part of NSA security protocol.

"We believe there is no indication that anything more than an isolated incident of what happened here today this morning," said Mr Johnson, stressing that it was not terrorism related.

The civilian and the police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the condition of the driver, an unidentified male, is unknown.

The other two people in the vehicle, both males, were taken into NSA custody.

The vehicle appears to be a hire car, Mr Johnson said.

He said that it was an ongoing investigation and "we're still in the fact-collecting business right now" when asked about the motive of the vehicle's occupants.-BBC