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One person shot as car rams barrier at National Security Agency headquarters

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At least one person has been shot near America's secretive National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland.

Police responded to the shooting at the NSA's Fort Meade campus after a black SUV rammed a barrier - reportedly at around 7.15am local time.

Within 90 minutes, the agency said the security threat was over and the situation under control.

The shooting occurred near the offices of the National Security Agency © Sky News The shooting occurred near the offices of the National Security Agency

Cheryl Phillips, Fort Meade Garrison spokesperson confirmed one person was injured in the shooting and was taken to hospital.

However, local media reported that three people were shot and injured.

This has not been confirmed by the NSA.

On Twitter, FBI Baltimore wrote: "The #FBI is aware of the incident at Fort Meade and we are sending personnel to respond at this time." It later confirmed the incident had been "contained".

An NSA spokesman told ABC: "NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA's secure vehicle entry gate.

"The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security of safety threat."

The US President Donald Trump has been briefed after the shooting, the White House confirmed.

A White House Statement read: "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected."

An aerial image, seen fro a WRC-TV helicopter, shows police and fire response vehicles outside the NSA gates.

Bullet holes can be seen in the SUV's front window, and the air bags have been deployed.

A man appears to be handcuffed and surrounded by police officers responding to the shooting.

According to Fox5, the incident happened close to the visitors' gate at around 7.15am local time (12.15pm GMT).

The National Security Agency is an intelligence agency of the US Department of Defence.

In March 2015, two people tried to drive their SUV through the NSA's gates, and were shot at by officers when they refused to stop.

One of the vehicle's occupants was killed.

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