FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – A mistaken 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 car 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 had been interviewing the boys 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 consider “that there is any nexus to terrorism.”
The car had what gave the impression to be bullet holes in its windshield and in depth front-end injury after crashing right into a concrete visitors barrier, in line with video of the scene.
“It looks like the gunfire was directed onto the vehicle,” Johnson mentioned, declining to say if weapons had been discovered within the automobile. No one appeared to have been shot, he mentioned.
Two of the individuals arrested had been within the NSA’s custody whereas the third, the motive force of the car, 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 principal spy businesses, is headquartered at a U.S. Army facility about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Washington. It is situated simply off a serious Washington-area freeway and investigators consider it’s potential the three males made a mistaken turn.
“People go down that NSA exit all the time,” FBI spokesman Dave Fitz advised 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 visitors, to spy on adversaries.
A White House spokeswoman mentioned President Donald Trump had been briefed on the capturing.
In March 2015, two individuals tried to drive by the NSA’s gate. Officers shot at the car after they refused to cease, killing one of many occupants. The individuals within the car could have taken a mistaken turn after partying and taking medication, in line with 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