There are initial reports of a shooting at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. The shooting was reported around 7:15 a.m. Conditions of possible victims are unknown at this time. The exact circumstances of the situation are not known at this time.
Initial unconfirmed reports indicate that at least three people have been reportedly shot and police are currently on scene. The Anne Arundel County police department said they are not investigating and that the NSA will be handling the incident.
A police officer from an unidentified agency has been shot and the suspect is in custody. Route 32 near the base is closed in both directions at this time.
A spokesman for the NSA says the incident is currently under control.
Police could be seen surrounding a handcuffed man who was sitting on the ground. Nearby, a black SUV appears to have crashed into a concrete barrier at one of the facility’s secure vehicle entry gates. Bullet holes could be seen in the vehicle’s front window.
The NSA’s presence is clearly visible in the area, with large satellite dishes and glass and steel buildings rising from the tree line. Chain link fences marked with restricted access signs and topped with barbed wire run along the perimeter of the campus.
Posted signs inform drivers of various exits for the NSA and Fort Meade, including one for deliveries, another for the visitors center and one designated only for employees.
Fort George G. Meade is a United States Army installation located in Maryland, that includes the Defense Information School, the Defense Media Activity, the United States Army Field Band, and the headquarters of United States Cyber Command, the National Security Agency, the Defense Courier Service, and Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters.
The base is named for George G. Meade, a general from the U.S. Civil War, who served as commander of the Army of the Potomac. The fort’s smaller census-designated place includes support facilities such as schools, housing, and the offices of the Military Intelligence Civilian Excepted Career Program.