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Secret Service agents protecting the granddaughter of US President Joe Biden opened fire when a group of car thieves attempted to break into a Secret Service vehicle in Washington DC, officials said.

The incident occurred Sunday night in the Georgetown neighborhood. Agents assigned to protect Naomi Biden spotted three people attempting to break into an unmarked Secret Service SUV, the Associated Press reported.

One agent drew his weapon and opened fire, prompting the thieves to flee. They spread away in a red car. No one was injured in the incident, nor were any of the criminals struck when the agent fired at them.

The Secret Service sent out a bulletin to law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the suspects' vehicle.

The US capital has seen a rise in crime rates and especially carjackings in 2023. Since the beginning of the year, an estimated 6,000 vehicles have been stolen in 750 carjacking cases.

In October, US Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was carjacked at gunpoint not far from the Capitol building.