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Armed Man Shot Outside White House


The Secret Service has shot an armed man outside the White House, according to United States officials.

Police told ABC News that a man brandished a weapon at a security checkpoint near the building and was shot in the stomach.

The White House was briefly placed on lockdown after the shooting on Friday.

President Barack Obama was playing golf in Maryland at the time, the BBC reports.

The man was transported to hospital with critical injuries, officials said.

Vice-President Joe Biden was in the White House at the time. He was taken to a “secure area” during the incident, White House officials said.

“Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers gave numerous verbal commands for the subject to stop and drop the firearm,” security agencies said in a joint statement.

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“When the subject failed to comply with the verbal commands, he was shot once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody

“At this time, based on a preliminary investigation, there is no known nexus to terrorism.”

The White House has seen a number of security incidents in recent years, prompting changes at the executive complex.

In April, Secret Service caught an intruder climbing over the White House fence.

In 2014, Iraq War veteran, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the White House fence and ran into the building with a knife. Also that year, a toddler squeezed through the gates of the fence and was caught on the lawn.

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