Shooting at NSA Headquarters Ruled as Not Terrorism But Motive Remains Unclear

On Wednesday February 14 at approximately 7 am EST, a black SUV attempted to breach NSA Headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.


Three people were injured yesterday when intruders in an SUV attempted to ram through a barrier at a facility in Fort Meade, Maryland where the National Security Agency is headquartered. Gunfire broke out as the intruders were subdued.

Shortly before 7 am EST, the black SUV attempted to enter the NSA parking lot which prompted the security officers present to take action against the threat. Investigators believe the SUV may have attempted to evade police by driving through the NSA checkpoint.

Unfortunately, the motive for the incident remains almost entirely a mystery. Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson made a comment about the nature of the incident.

“We don’t believe there is a nexus to terrorism, we believe this was an isolated incident,” Johnson said. “We are still trying to figure out why they were there.”

Despite the quick halt of the invaders, the driver of the vehicle, an NSA police officer and a civilian were hospitalized. Neither the NSA officer or the civilian sustained life threatening injuries according to Johnson. The condition of the driver of the SUV is still unknown.

The other two men who attempted the attack with the hospitalized driver have been taken into custody and are being questioned for motive according to Johnson. The identity of these two men has not yet been released.

Following the incident and subsequent shooting, the Maryland State Police closed the nearby highway in both directions.

In a statement, the White House said that US President Donald Trump had been briefed on the incident.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said.