1 reported killed in Fort Meade gate crashing

Mar 30, 2015 9:03 AM by CBS/AP

FORT MEADE, Md. -- One person was killed in a firefight that erupted Monday after a car with two people tried to ram a gate at the Fort Meade, Md., military base near a gate to the National Security Agency, according to preliminary reports cited by two U.S. officials.

The officials said a firefight ensued after the car tried to crash the gate, and at least one of the two people in the car died. Fort Meade is home of the NSA.

Both federal officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing incident on the record.

A U.S. law enforcement official told CBS News that officials believe the two people who rammed the gate were men dressed as women.

A federal law enforcement official told CBS News that cocaine and a weapon were found in or near the vehicle.

There is no indication that the incident was terrorism related, the FBI said in a statement.

"We are investigating with NSA Police and other law enforcement agencies. Our Evidence Response Team is processing the crime scene, and FBI Agents are doing joint interviews with witnesses. We are working with the US Attorney's Office in Maryland to determine if federal charges are warranted," said FBI officials in a written statement.

The NSA headquarters is on the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. An NSA spokesperson declined to comment.

CBS affiliate WUSA-TV showed two damaged vehicles near a gate and emergency workers loading an injured uniformed man into an ambulance.

WUSA chopper video shows a car outside of the gates and at least one person being wheeled on a stretcher.

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