White House on lockdown, one hurt

White House on lockdown, one hurt in shooting near complex

Washington, May 21 (IANS) The White House was locked down after the US authorities reported a shooting incident near the presidential residence.

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The US Park Police said a person was shot outside the White House and has been taken to the hospital in critical condition, The Washington Post reported late on Friday.

The US Park Police tweeted that the shooting occurred after 2 p.m. local time on West Executive Drive, near 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Police have closed off a block-long stretch of 17th St and a helicopter was circling overhead.

“We are aware of the White House lockdown situation. I’ve been briefed by my public safety team [and] they are coordinating w federal partners,” Washington Mayor Muriel E. Bowser tweeted.

White House lockdown lifted after shooting incident, suspect in custody 

Washington, May 21 (IANS) The White House lockdown was lifted after Secret Service officers shot down a male suspect who allegedly opened fire on the complex Friday afternoon.

The man, who apparently brandished a weapon on a street outside the White House, was shot in the abdomen and rushed to a hospital, Xinhua quoted NBC News as saying.

The White House went into lockdown immediately after the shooting occurred in the afternoon, said police.

US President Barack Obama was on a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland when the shooting occurred, according to local media.

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