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Lockdown at White House after armed man shot at checkpoint

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Lockdown at White House after armed man shot at checkpoint

Lockdown at White House after armed man shot at checkpoint
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The White House was briefly put on lockdown on Friday after a shooting in the surrounding streets while President Obama was away playing golf.

It’s understood Secret Service officers shot and critically wounded an armed male suspect after he brandished a weapon at a security checkpoint. The man shot was taken to hospital with a serious stomach injury.

The US Vice President Joe Biden was in the building at the time of the shooting but neither he nor any staff were injured.

There have been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years, prompting a massive number of changes to procedures inside and outside the executive complex.