U.S. law enforcement officials took three people into custody on Wednesday after they tried to drive onto the campus of the U.S. National Security Agency near Washington in an incident that the FBI said had no clear link to terrorism.
The motorists, who were not identified, drove a black sport utility vehicle to a gate of the secretive government body in Fort Meade, Maryland, at about 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT). Armed guards fired on the vehicle after it violated NSA security rules, officials said.
“There is no indication to think that this is anything more than an isolated incident,” said Gordon Johnson, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s special agent in charge for Baltimore, told a press conference. “We have no reason to believe that there is any nexus to terrorism.”
The vehicle had what appeared to be bullet holes in its windshield and extensive front-end damage after crashing into a concrete traffic barrier, according to video of the scene.
“It looks like the gunfire was directed onto the vehicle,” Johnson said, declining to say if weapons were found in the car. No one appeared to have been shot, he said.
(Additional reporting by Lisa Lambert, Roberta Rampton and Susan Heavey in Washington and Jonathan Allen and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Trott)