Armed man ig­nored or­ders to drop weapon

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A US Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cer shot a man with a gun who ap­proached a check­point out­side the White House and re­fused to drop his weapon, the Se­cret Ser­vice said.

The White House was briefly placed on a se­cu­rity alert af­ter the Fri­day af­ter­noon shoot­ing, which hap­pened within view of sight­seers as side­walks were crowded with fam­i­lies, school groups and gov­ern­ment work­ers.

The armed man ap­proached the check­point on E Street shortly af­ter 3pm, and ig­nored re­peated or­ders from the of­fi­cer to drop his gun, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from David Ia­cov­etti, a Se­cret Ser­vice deputy as­sis­tant di­rec­tor.

The of­fi­cer fired one shot at the man and the gun was re­cov­ered at the scene, Ia­cov­etti said. The man was trans­ported in crit­i­cal con­di­tion to a nearby hospi­tal, an emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices spokesman said.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was away play­ing golf, but Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den was in the White House com­plex and was se­cured dur­ing the lock­down, his of­fice said. The se­cu­rity alert was lifted about an hour later.

A US law en­force­ment of­fi­cial said au­thor­i­ties had iden­ti­fied the gun­man as Jesse Oliv­eri of Ash­land, Penn­syl­va­nia. Fed­eral agents found am­mu­ni­tion in­side a parked Toy­ota car. Sight­seer Jenna Noelle of Austin, Texas, said she had just taken a photo of the White House when she no­ticed a man ha­rass­ing an agent.

Then, “as we were walk­ing away we heard a shot fired, then some peo­ple started run­ning away and agents had guns and were evac­u­at­ing peo­ple.”

“I had a panic at­tack,” she added. “It was pretty freaky to be right there a sec­ond be­fore it hap­pened.”

Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Akil Pat­ter­son said he heard a single gun­shot while wait­ing in a se­cu­rity line. Within sec­onds, a se­cu­rity guard shouted to drop to the ground.

Pat­ter­son said he was at the White House to get a pres­i­den­tial award for his work with Bal­ti­more teens to get rid of gun vi­o­lence.

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