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Official: Armed person shot by Secret Service officer

The outside of the White House after a shooting near the building on May 20, 2016
The outside of the White House after a shooting near the building on May 20, 2016 (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A uniformed Secret Service officer shot an armed person on a street outside the White House, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

The White House was placed on a security alert after the shooting, which occurred Friday afternoon. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

The Secret Service has tweeted to say that "all Secret Service protectees are safe" after a shooting outside the White House.

Separately, a White House official says no one in the building or associated with the White House was injured, and everyone inside is safe and accounted for.

U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive.

A spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, Doug Buchanan, said one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.

President Barack Obama was not there - he was playing golf - but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex at the time and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.

The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors.

Secret Service officials did not immediately return messages.

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Associated Press writer Kathleen Hennessey in Washington contributed to this report.


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