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Lockdown lifted on White House after shooting in the area

President Barack Obama was not on the property at the time.

A LOCKDOWN HAS been lifted on the White House after Secret Service officers shot a man in the vicinity.

The US Park Police say there was a shooting just west of the White House.

“Shooting on W. Executive Dr. PIO en route to 17th and Pennsylvania,” they said in a tweet.

The White House was placed on a security alert after the shooting, which occurred in the afternoon.

A US law official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorisation to release the information, said a person approached a Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

CNN says the suspect was shot in the abdomen down and taken into custody.

A spokesman for DC Fire and EMS, Doug Buchanan, said one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 pm.

The White House was put into lockdown following the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted.

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President Barack Obama was not on the property at the time. The White House said earlier he had gone to play golf at Andrews Air Force Base.

Vice-president Joe Biden was locked down in the White House at the time.

- With reporting from Cormac Fitzgerald AFP and AP.

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