Gunshots were heard on a street near the White House on Saturday following which an AK-47 was recovered from an abandoned car,but the suspect remained at large.
US President Barack Obama is out of town. He is currently in California on his way to Hawaii to attend the APEC Summit.
The US Secret Service said the security of the White House was not compromised and it was not in danger. We received a call about shots fired near 16th Street and Constitution Avenue,which is between the White House and the Washington Monument,at about 9.30 pm on Friday (8.00 am IST Saturday),US Park Police spokesman Sgt David Schlosser said.
Police are looking for bullet holes,he said,adding that there has been no report of any injury so far. He said the suspect was last seen running across 23rd street and Roosevelt Bridge in Washington DC,several blocks away from the White House.
A rifle was recovered from an abandoned mid-size car which has been taken into custody,Schlosser said. We have not found anybody attached to it.
A Secret Service spokesman gave details about the rifle. An AK-47 was recovered, United States Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donova told PTI,adding that no arrest has been made so far.
The Secret Service also ruled out any breach in the White House security as the incident occurred outside its perimetre. It was outside… So no question of (security breach), the spokesman said,adding that it was not a terrorist incident.