NSA shooting leaves one person dead

One person was killed and two injured in a shooting at the headquarters of the National Security Agency on Monday.

Two men who were reportedly dressed as women and driving a stolen SUV were fired upon when they tried to ram the gates of the spy agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., the FBI said.

NSA police prevented the pair from entering the secure installation, killing one of the two men and sending another to the hospital.

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A gun and drugs were found in the men’s vehicle, NBC reported.

A third man, who appeared to be a guard in uniform, could be seen on local news footage being loaded into an ambulance with what looked like minor injuries.

The FBI, which is investigating the assault, suggested the attack was an isolated incident.

“The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism,” FBI spokeswoman Amy Thoreson said in a statement. “We are investigating with NSA Police and other law enforcement agencies.”

“We are working with the US Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted," she added.

“The incident has been contained and is under investigation,” said Col. Brian Foley, the garrison commander at Fort Meade, a sprawling military complex that houses tens of thousands of civilian and military employees.

“The residents, service members and civilian employees on the installation are safe,” Foley added. “We continue to remain vigilant at all of our access control points.”

President Obama was briefed about the attack and will be kept updated as additional information becomes available, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

Photos from the agency’s headquarters shortly after the attack around 9 a.m. showed a body lying underneath a white sheet next to a dark SUV on a street littered with debris. A damaged police SUV also appears nearby. 

The incident is the second act of violence near the spy agency’s headquarters in weeks.

Earlier this month, one of the agency’s buildings was hit by gunfire, though it is unclear whether the NSA was targeted in that incident. The man arrested in that incident is suspected in a string of shootings in suburban Maryland between Washington and Baltimore, none of which resulted in any injuries.  

— Kristina Wong contributed 

— This story was updated at 1:11 p.m.