A shooting occurred Friday afternoon on West Executive Drive, right next to the White House. President Obama was golfing at the time and everyone who works at the White House is safe.
According to reports, an armed suspect was shot and the White House was placed on lockdown. Officers cleared the North Lawn and Lafayette Park in front of the White House and ordered everyone inside. By 4 pm ET, the lockdown had been lifted. The original incident appears to have occurred at around 3:15 pm.
The latest reports indicate that the suspect was the only one shot, and that he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. CBS was saying the incident may have been a case of “suicide by police.”
West Executive Drive is actually a road that goes within the White House grounds, separating the West Wing from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. It’s not clear whether the suspect gained access to the White House grounds.
UPDATE: The person shot was identified as Jesse Olivieri, a Pennsylvania man in his 30s. He was at a White House guard gate with a gun and refused to put it down.
Here’s some video of the Secret Service shooing journalists aback into the press room.
Here’s a photo from Mark Knoller of CBS of security on the roof.