A Secret Service agent shot and critically wounded a man outside the White House yesterday Friday afternoon after he approached a guard booth carrying a small, silver pistol and refused to put it down, according to law enforcement officials.
Lines of tourists were frantically ushered away from the area as heavily armed police converged on the publicly accessible security shack near 17th and E streets NW. The White House was put on lockdown, and Vice President Biden was secured inside the complex, authorities said. President Obama was golfing at Joint Base Andrews at the time.
Authorities said the man, who was shot once in the chest, was hospitalized in critical condition Friday night. Two law enforcement officials identified him as Jesse Olivieri, a Pennsylvania man in his 30s.
Law enforcement officials said there was no immediate sign that the Friday incident, which occurred just after 3 p.m., had any links to terrorism.
Source: The Washington Post.