White House briefly under lockdown after shooting

Shooting near the presidential residence causes lockdown at White House. President Obama was not on the premises.

Ben Ariel, Canada,

White House on lockdown after shooting
White House on lockdown after shooting

The White House was briefly under lockdown on Friday afternoon after the U.S. Park Police reported a shooting near the presidential residence, ABC News reported.

Law enforcement sources told the network one person has been shot by law enforcement near the White House, but not on the grounds.

The president was not in the White House at the time of the incident at 17th Street and E Street, according to the report.

Snipers took to the White House roof with guns drawn as people were cleared off the streets. Some people were heard screaming on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Vice President Biden was reported to be “within the complex” at the White House, but is “secure," a spokesperson told ABC News.

A Capitol Police spokesman said the agency is monitoring the situation at the White House, but that all buildings remain open at the Capitol.

There have been no changes to security on the Hill, the spokesperson said.

The White House was on lockdown during Thanksgiving last November, after a person jumped the newly upgraded fence.

The jumper managed to get over the fence but was immediately caught.

The White House has frequently been targeted by those seeking to breach its walls or leave suspicious packages.

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