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White House Shooting: Security Alert Put In Place After Shots Fired Nearby

05/20/2016 04:12 EDT | Updated 05/20/2016 04:59 EDT
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A US national flag and a POW flag fly high on top of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 14, 2013. In the US, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The US Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The White House has been placed on a security alert after a shooting on a street outside.

U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive on Friday afternoon.

District of Columbia Fire and EMS spokesman Doug Buchanan says one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.

A D.C. police spokesman said the Secret Service was investigating.

The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors. The president was not on premises. He'd left two hours earlier for an afternoon round of golf.

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