WASHINGTON – Gunshots were heard on a street near the White House today following which an AK-47 was recovered from an abandoned car but the suspect remained at large. US President Barack Obama is out of town. He is currently in California on his way to Hawaii to attend the APEC Summit. The US Secret Service said the security of the White House was not compromised and it was not in danger.
“We received a call of shots fired near 16th Street and Constitution Avenue, which is between the White House and the Washington Monument, at about 9:30 pm last night (8:00 am IST today), US Park Police spokesman Sgt David Schlosser said.
The police is looking for bullet holes, he said, adding they have not yet confirmed that shots were actually fired.
There has been no report of any injury so far, Schlosser said, adding the suspect was last seen running across 23rd street and Roosevelt Bridge in Washington DC, several blocks away from the White House. “A rifle was recovered” from an abandoned mid-size car, which has been taken into custody, Schlosser said. A Secret Service spokesman said the rifle was AK-47.
“Not found anybody attached to it,” Schlosser said, when asked if any arrest has been made so far.
Another attack on Tuesday night left a bullet struck to the ballistic glass of an exterior window of the White House and another round has been found nearby, News4, a local NBC affiliate. The news outlet said the Secret Service — the bodyguard detail charged with protecting the US president and other top officials — began investigating after an incident on Friday when gunshots were heard near the White House.