One dead, one injured in shooting at NSA security gate in Maryland
(WJLA.COM) FORT MEADE, Md. – Two cross-dressed men who tried to ram the main gate Monday morning to enter the National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade were shot by NSA police, authorities said.
Officials said one of the men was killed and the other seriously wounded with life-threatening injuries in the firefight that followed the gate-crashing by a stolen SUV at the facility. An NSA police officer suffered a minor arm injury when the SUV, containing two men dressed as women, collided with his police vehicle.
Highly-placed law enforcement sources told ABC 7 News that the two men had been involved in a robbery and apparently took a wrong exit from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway while fleeing. The source said when faced with the entrance barricade and police that the men in the SUV rammed the police vehicle in an effort to get away. Sources said the robbery occurred at a nearby hotel where the two men spent the night partying with another man and drugs.
The name of the deceased man was not immediately released, but authorities identified the surviving suspect as 20-year-old Kevin Fleming of Baltimore.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was leading the probe into the incident, said it was not related to terrorism. President Obama was also briefed on the incident, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz.
NewsChopper 7 video from the scene showed two damaged SUVs. A white police SUV was facing an unmarked black SUV and there appeared to be a body covered by a sheet next to the driver side of the black SUV.
The NSA headquarters is located on the sprawling Fort Meade Army installation near Baltimore. The main gate to the complex where the shootings took place is far from the main buildings.
In addition to the headquarters of the NSA, Fort Meade is home to 95 units from all branches of the armed forces and offices that report to several Defense Department agencies, according to the U.S. Army, which operates the base.
About 11,000 military employees and 29,000 civilians work there, according to the Army. Some 6,000 people also live on the base, which began operations in 1917 as a garrison for World War I draftees, the Army said.
This is the second security incident this month involving the NSA. At the beginning of March, a former state correctional officer was arrested, accused in a string of Maryland shootings, including one at Fort Meade. Gunshots struck a building near the NSA office, according to a police report.
Officers stopped Hong Young, 35, of Beltsville, Md., and recognized his vehicle as matching authorities’ description of a car seen in surveillance footage near some of the other shootings. A gun in the car matched evidence found at the shootings, and Young was arrested, authorities said.
No one was killed in those five shooting incidents in which Young reportedly told police that he heard voices directing him to open fire.