The White House was on Friday placed on a brief lockdown after secret service shot an armed man outside the building.
The man brandished a weapon at a security checkpoint near the building and was shot in the stomach, after he failed to adhere to repeated calls for him to drop the weapon.
President Barack Obama was away playing golf in Maryland at the time, but Vice-President Joe Biden who was in the White House at the time was taken to a “secure area” during the incident, White House officials said.
The man was transported to hospital with critical injuries, 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.
“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.
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