Two men dressed as women tried to ram the gate of the National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade with an SUV Monday morning, resulting in a shooting that left one person dead, according to an official and sources familiar with the investigation.
After the gate was rammed, a guard reportedly got into an argument with the men and gunfire erupted. It is believed that the guard shot one or both of the men, who were taken to local hospitals to be treated, sources told Fox News.
A senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that preliminary reports indicate one person of the two people in the car is dead. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official has not been authorized to discuss the incident by name.
Chad Jones, a spokesman at Fort Meade, told The Associated Press that emergency responders are on the scene.
At least one person on a stretcher being wheeled to an ambulance appeared to be in uniform, WUSA-TV reports. There are two vehicles with damage outside the gate.
The National Security Agency is handling the investigation with assistance from the FBI. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. local time.
Fort Meade, located in Maryland, is home to around 11,000 military personnel and 29,000 civilian employees, according to its website.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.