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Two Hurt in White House Shooting

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: whitehouse, shooting, injured, usa, accidental, secretservice )

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TWO US Secret Service officers were injured today after a gun held by another Secret Service officer was accidentally fired at the White House.


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Ali Hirst (286)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 2:07 pm
One officer suffered a shrapnel wound to the face, and the other was wounded in the leg, said spokesman Darrin Blackford.

Neither injury was life threatening.

"It appears that at approximately 2.10pm (4.10am AEST) there was an accidental discharge of a service-issued weapon, which occurred inside the Southwest Gate at a security post near the White House," Mr Blackford said.

Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House, Lafayette Park across the street from the White House and other nearby footpaths were all closed to pedestrians as a result of the incident.

Many police vehicles were also seen in the area.

However, President George W. Bush was not at the White House at the time.

He was on a trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, to attend a ceremony at Virginia Tech university following this week's shooting rampage.

The injured Secret Service officers were taken to George Washington Hospital.


Ali Hirst (286)
Tuesday April 17, 2007, 2:08 pm
Don't the SS know how to lock their gun so it doesn't go off "ACCIDENTLY". I find this ACCIDENT hard to believe especially when 2 other SS were injured.

Lorraine Ewart (162)
Wednesday April 18, 2007, 7:18 pm
This incidence should never have occured, with all of the training that these "secret service officers" are so trained in regard to their weapons as to how to use them, how to store them, how to safely have them on body for duty, it's hard to fathom that a weapon would "simply" accidentally discharge. This would never happen, there has to be more from this happening, there is a definate cover up for certain.

Christina F (1)
Wednesday April 18, 2007, 11:40 pm
I totally have to agree these agents are supposed to be the best we have to protect our commander in chief. There is no way it was accidently fired have to agree with Lorraine total cover up!

Ali Hirst (286)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 1:31 am
I find it strange it being the same day as the Virginia Tech killings...maybe Bush's SS staff are no better at having guns in their possession either. How come something like this comes up at the White House or the Pentegon when there is a disaster somewhere else. Is it to deter you guys in the US from reality or what?

Charles Q (20)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 4:25 am
Wow talk about incompetence, those Treasury agents are no better now than there predecessors were in failing to protect JFK in Dallas in 1963 - and FAILED!
This article should be a clarion call to have Congress pass a long overdue regulation to finally curtail weapons purchases, especially assault weapons and to repeal that stupid immunity law giving a free pass to gun manufacturers that was signed into law by the Bushidiot!

Mary Tormey (405)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 11:27 am
Guns are not toys. Was someone in the secret service goofing off or is this just an excuse to take the guns away from anyone who might defend the US constitution?

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 19, 2007, 9:29 pm
I worked in law enforcment for 30 years, both on and off the street. I'll lay five-to-one odds that he was playing with his weapon, or otherwise showing off to a colleague.
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