30 Mar 2015 06:35 PM EST
-by Samantha Wilson, Assistant Editor; Image: Authorities at the NSA headquarters gates (Image Source: CNN)
One person was killed, and two more were left injured after an unauthorized vehicle approached the main gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, MA.
"Shortly before 9:00 AM today, a vehicle containing two individuals attempted an unauthorized entry at a National Security Agency gate," Jonathan Freed, NSA director of strategic communications, said in a statement. "The driver failed to obey an NSA Police officer's routine instructions for safely exiting the secure campus. The vehicle failed to stop and barriers were deployed.”
According to CNN, NSA police at the scene fired at the vehicle when it accelerated toward a police car, blocking it. One of the men inside the unauthorized vehicle died at the scene; the other was hospitalized, along with an NSA officer.
The two men who attempted to gain access to the NSA campus were dressed as women, according to a federal law enforcement official. Authorities are trying to determine if they could have been under the influence of drugs after a night of partying.
That same evening, a man reported his car stolen from a hotel not far from the NSA compound, and told police he had been with two men who had taken his car. The Howard County Police Department found cocaine inside the vehicle; they confirmed that a Ford Escape stolen in Howard County, MA that evening was the vehicle involved in the case.
The FBI said it’s working together with the NSA to conduct an investigation about the incident, and interview witnesses on the scene. The agency does not believe terrorism plays a part in the incident. No motive has been determined thus far.
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