A gunman was wounded in a shooting involving an FBI agent at CIA headquarters near Washington early Monday night, the FBI said in a statement.
According to the FBI, the man got out of his car, “was hired by law enforcement officers” and was injured around 6 p.m. After the episode, which was previously reported by NBC News, the man was taken to hospital. The hospital is not specified.
“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or members of the task force seriously,” Samantha Shero, a public affairs officer at the FBI Field Office in Washington, told e-mail. “The review process is thorough and objective and takes place as quickly as possible in the circumstances.”
A CIA spokesman said the agency’s headquarters remained secure and had asked the FBI questions, which had released limited details. It was not immediately clear whether there were any injured agents or officers.
The secure campus in Langley, Virginia, has served the agency since 1961. Closed to the general public, the complex is only accessible to those who have permission or special arrangements. The CIA’s website offers virtual tours of the site’s 32 sites, from the outdoor Cryptos sculpture with a coded message to a bust of former President George HW Bush, who served as CIA director from January 1976 to January 1977. The complex is named on it in 1999
Just last month, a lone driver collided with officers in the Capitol as heavy guards set up after the January 6 riot began to weaken around the field. One officer was killed and another was wounded.
Monday’s episode at CIA headquarters repeated a 1993 shooting around campus when a Pakistani killed two CIA employees who were stopped in traffic outside the agency’s headquarters. Mir Aimal Kassi, who also wounded three others, later said he was outraged by CIA activities in Pakistan and other Islamic countries. He was executed by lethal injection in 2002 after escaping persecution in Pakistan for years. Virginia has since abolished the death penalty.