One person shot outside White House, police say

President Obama was away from the White House when shots rang out Friday afternoon

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published May 20, 2016 8:11PM (EDT)


At least one civilian was shot outside of the White House Friday afternoon, according to police.

One man is currently being treated for a gun shot wound at George Washington University hospital, NBC News reported on Friday. CNN reported on air that a suspect was shot by Secret Service after brandishing a weapon near a security checkpoint at 17th and E St. NW.

NBC News' Pete Williams reports the man was repeatedly told to drop his weapon but refused. No further details on the shooting have been released.

The New Executive Office Building and Renwick Gallery near the White House were reportedly evacuated shortly before 4 p.m. ET.

President Obama was not at the White House at the time of the incident. Vice President Joe Biden was at the White House during the incident, but he’s been secured.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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