The White House is currently in lockdown after a reported shooting nearby:
Shooting on W. Executive Dr. PIO en route to 17th and Pennsylvania
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) May 20, 2016
Someone has been shot near the White House, near 17th & E St. Being rushed to hospital now #NBC4DC
— Chris Lawrence (@clawrencenbc) May 20, 2016
REPORT: White House on lock down due to shooting on West Executive Dr. More info to come. #fox5dc
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) May 20, 2016
Security alert at WH. Armed Secret Service on WH roof. pic.twitter.com/Rt5LiAeHC3
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 20, 2016
— John Zuchelli (@tvzuke) May 20, 2016
Multiple news outlets have noted the apparent road where the shooting happened is a secure area not open to the general public.
Reporters at the White House have been told to shelter in place:
We've just been asked to go downstairs to #WHbasement to 'shelter in place.'
— Cheryl Bolen (@cherylbolen) May 20, 2016
White House press corps in briefing rm told 2 take shelter after reports of shooting on W. Exec Drive outside W Wing https://t.co/H1qSViT6oB
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) May 20, 2016
UPDATE –– 3:38 pm EDT: President Obama is not currently on White House grounds and the shooter is reportedly in custody.
UPDATE –– 4:00 pm EDT: Vice President Joe Biden was at the White House during the incident, but he’s been secured.
And we now have a little more detail about the incident:
Suspect approached USSS checkpoint near WH & brandished weapon. Three sources familiar with incident say USSS shot male suspect in abdomen
— Kristen Holmes (@KristenhCNN) May 20, 2016
UPDATE –– 4:06 pm EDT: The lockdown has now been lifted.
UPDATE –– 4:22 pm EDT: The Secret Service has given official comment:
The Secret Service is confirming a police involved shooting near the @WhiteHouse complex. All Secret Service protectees are safe.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) May 20, 2016
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