Shooting outside NSA headquarters in Maryland leaves 3 injured; suspect detained

A shooting outside the headquarters of the secretive National Security Agency (NSA) left three people injured, media reports said. The suspect was taken into custody, The Guardian reported.

The police also said that they were investigating a possible shooting outside of Fort Meade, Maryland on Wednesday, AFP quoted local media reports as saying. The news agency said that the White House also confirmed that a suspected shooter was detained outside headquarters of NSA, a secretive intelligence organisation responsible for global US electronic eavesdropping in the suburbs of Washington.

NBC News aired aerial images of what appeared to be police surrounding a man on the ground in handcuffs. A black SUV appeared to have crashed into a concrete barrier surrounding the site, and bullet holes were visible in the vehicle's front windows. The NSA said the situation was under control, according to the report.

According to another report in WJLAAnne Arundel County Police reported the incident but said they were not the ones investigating it. The report further added that the incident occurred at the NSA entrance on Maryland Route 32 around 7.15 am (UTC). Following this, Route 32 was closed in both directions in the area at Canine Road.

Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting, the White House said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected," a White House statement said.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018 20:20 PM

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