Gunman Shot Outside The White House
Secret Service Shot A Man Who Refused To Drop A Firearm At A White House Checkpoint
UPDATE: The U.S. Secret Service says it shot a man who refused officers’ numerous commands to drop a firearm at a White House checkpoint.
Agency spokesman David Iacovetti says in an emailed statement that the man was carrying the firearm when he approached the checkpoint just after 3 p.m. Friday. The checkpoint is on the outside perimeter of the secure area around the executive mansion in Washington and is accessible on that side to the public.
Iacovetti says in the statement that “Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers gave numerous verbal commands for the subject to stop and drop the firearm.” The statement says that when he didn’t do so, a Secret Service agent shot him once.
The uniformed officers and an agent gave the man first aid. He was then taken to a hospital.
The Secret Service says it recovered a firearm at the scene.
3:55 P.M.: First Lady Michelle Obama was wrapping up a speech in downtown Washington at midday Friday. The shooting happened shortly before 3 p.m.
Her office would not say whether she, or the Obama daughters, were at the White House at the time.
The White House was placed on a security alert for about an hour. President Barack Obama was not there – he was playing golf – but Vice President Joe Biden’s office says he was in the White House complex and was secured during the lockdown.
The Secret Service announced that everyone it protects is safe and accounted for.
3:45 P.M.: The shooting outside the White House Friday happened within view of sightseers, as the surrounding sidewalks were crowded with families, school groups and government workers.
Community activist Akil Patterson heard a single gunshot while he waited in a security line. Within seconds, a security guard shouted for people to drop to the ground, and he was quickly evacuated to the street.
Patterson was at the White House to get a presidential award for his work with Baltimore teens.
He says his community work aims to “get rid of the notion that gun violence is the answer.”
Sightseer Jenna Noelle of Austin, Texas, said she had just taken a photo in front of the White House when she noticed a man harassing an agent. Then, “as we were walking away we heard a shot fired, then some people started running away and agents had guns and were evacuating people.”
3:20 P.M.: The Secret Service has tweeted to say that “all Secret Service protectees are safe” after a shooting outside the White House.
Separately, a White House official says no one in the building or associated with the White House was injured, and everyone inside is safe and accounted for.
This official said President Obama was made aware of the shooting. Obama left the White House more than an hour earlier and was golfing at Andrews Air Force base at the time.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity given the developing situation.
2:50 P.M.: The White House has been placed on a security alert after a shooting on a street outside.
U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive on Friday afternoon.
District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan says one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.
A D.C. police spokesman said the Secret Service was investigating.
The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors. The president was not on premises. He’d left two hours earlier for an afternoon round of golf.