Gunman shot outside White House

The White House on January 6, 2016 as President Obama starts selling his gun control reforms to the public. (Courtesy: Chance Seales)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House has been placed on a security alert after a shooting on a street outside.

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

District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan says one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.

CNN reports that Secret Service officers shot the suspect near a security checkpoint after he brandished a weapon. The man was shot in the abdomen and taken into custody.

A D.C. police spokesman said the Secret Service was investigating.

The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors. The president was not on premises. He’d left two hours earlier for an afternoon round of golf.

The lockdown at the White House was lifted around 4pm.

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