FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – A flawed turn could have led three males to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency close to Washington on Wednesday, sparking a scare that drew gunfire from guards and despatched three to the hospital, FBI officers mentioned.
The FBI mentioned there was no hyperlink to terrorism within the incident.
The motorists, who weren’t recognized, drove to a gate of the secretive authorities company in Fort Meade, Maryland, shortly earlier than 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT). Guards fired on the automobile after it violated NSA security guidelines, officers mentioned.
Gordon Johnson, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s particular agent in cost for Baltimore, mentioned at a information convention that officers have been interviewing the lads to find out their motive.
“That’s our question one: What put these individuals on this compound earlier this morning?” he mentioned.
Johnson mentioned there was no motive to imagine “that there is any nexus to terrorism.”
The automobile had what seemed to be bullet holes in its windshield and intensive front-end injury after crashing right into a concrete site visitors barrier, in response to video of the scene.
“It looks like the gunfire was directed onto the vehicle,” Johnson mentioned, declining to say if weapons have been discovered within the automotive. No one appeared to have been shot, he mentioned.
Two of the individuals arrested have been within the NSA’s custody whereas the third, the driving force of the automobile, had been taken to a hospital with undisclosed accidents, Johnson mentioned. An NSA police officer and a civilian bystander additionally suffered accidents that weren’t life-threatening, he mentioned.
The NSA, one of many U.S. authorities’s important spy companies, is headquartered at a U.S. Army facility about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Washington. It is positioned simply off a significant Washington-area freeway and investigators imagine it’s doable the three males made a flawed turn.
“People go down that NSA exit all the time,” FBI spokesman Dave Fitz instructed reporters. “They just come in, maybe didn’t know … That’s one of the theories.”
The National Security Agency/Central Security Service focuses on utilizing technological instruments, together with monitoring web site visitors, to spy on adversaries.
A White House spokeswoman mentioned President Donald Trump had been briefed on the taking pictures.
In March 2015, two individuals tried to drive via the NSA’s gate. Officers shot at the automobile after they refused to cease, killing one of many occupants. The individuals within the automobile could have taken a flawed turn after partying and taking medicine, in response to information reviews.
Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert, Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey in Washington and Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Trott