Tourists witness shooting at US White House

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Tourists attempting to visit the US White House today were witness to a lockdown and a shooting at one of the security checkpoints.

A white male with shaggy blond hair in his early 30s, armed with a silver gun, was shot at a Secret Service checkpoint outside the US White House today. Secret Service officers told the man to drop the gun several times, but would not comply and was shot in the abdomen.

According to law enforcement officials on the scene, the armed man also had a .22-caliber gun in his car and ammunition.

The armed man is in a nearby hospital in critical condition.

President Obama was not at the White House at the time of the incident but was briefed on the situation.