White House Locked Down After Shots Fired Outside Secret Service officers shot a man allegedly brandishing a weapon By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted May 20, 2016 3:06 PM CDT 61 comments Comments A Secret Service agent stands on the North Lawn of the White House on Friday after a shooting on the street outside. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Newser) – Secret Service officers shot a man Friday afternoon after shots were fired near the White House, CNN reports. The White House was locked down during the shooting, and Vice President Biden was sheltered inside. President Obama was not at the White House at the time, according to ABC News. Early reports stated the suspect was shooting at the White House, but details remain unclear. Reuters reports the suspect was shot by a Secret Service officer near a security checkpoint after he allegedly refused to drop his gun. The suspect was given medical treatment, taken into custody, and transported to the hospital.