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In an address called "Making America Safer for Our Children," President Obama talked about progress made in 2015, and working on unfinished business in 2016. Among the topics was combating gun violence.
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In an address called "Making America Safer for Our Children," President Obama talked about progress made in 2015, and working on unfinished business in 2016. Among the topics was combating gun violence.

A man carrying a firearm approached a checkpoint at the perimeter of the White House Friday and was shot by Secret Service after he refused to drop his weapon.

At no time did the suspect access the White House complex, which was put on lockdown following the incident, said David A. Iacovetti, deputy assistant director of the Office of Government and Public Affairs with the Secret Service.

“Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers gave numerous verbal commands for the subject to stop and drop the firearm,” Iacovetti said. “When the subject failed to comply with the verbal commands, he was shot once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody.”

No bystanders or law enforcement officers were hurt during the incident. The Secret Service recovered the weapon and provided medical treatment to the man, who was transported to a hospital for further medical treatment.

The White House did not release his condition, but a DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Twitter account said one person was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

President Barack Obama was golfing at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland at the time of the incident and not at the White House. He arrived at the base at 1:29 p.m. and reports of a shooting started around 3:20 p.m. Vice President Joe Biden was secured “within the White House complex,” a spokeswoman said according to the New York Times.

The White House said Obama was made aware of the incident and the lockdown has been lifted.

A spokesperson from the U.S. Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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