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Secret Service shoots gun- wielding man outside White House

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WASHINGTON — A US Secret Service officer shot a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House on Friday afternoon and refused to drop his weapon.

The White House was briefly placed on a security alert after the shooting, which happened within view of sightseers as sidewalks were crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

As a precautionary measure, the White House was immediately put under lock down. President Barack Obama was not present on the premises at the time of the incident as he had gone to play golf at Andrews Airforce Base. The Secret Service agents also rushed to Vice President Joe Bide for additional security.

The armed man approached the checkpoint accessible to the general people on E Street shortly after 3 pm, and ignored repeated orders from the officer to drop his gun, according to a statement from Deputy Assistant Director Office of Government and Public Affairs, United States Secret Service, David A Lacovetti.

The Secret Service agents gave numerous verbal commands for the accused to stop and drop the firearm. “When he failed to comply with the verbal commands, he was shot once by a Secret Service agent and taken into custody,” David said.

“The Secret Service recovered a firearm at the scene,” he said, adding the man has been admitted to a nearby hospital.

During a search of the man’s vehicle parked near 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, federal agents found ammunition for a .22 caliber weapon.

A US law enforcement official said that authorities had identified the gunman as Jesse Oliveri of Ashland, Pennsylvania. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.

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Federal agents found ammunition inside a Toyota sedan, parked nearby on Constitution Avenue, that the gunman was believed to have driven, the official said.

Sightseer Jenna Noelle of Austin, Texas, said she had just taken a photo of the White House when she noticed a man harassing an agent. Then, “as we were walking away we heard a shot fired, then some people started running away and agents had guns and were evacuating people.”

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5 dead as gunman attacks churchgoers in Russia

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At least five people were killed and another five were injured when a gunman attacked a crowd of people leaving a church on Sunday in Russia’s southern province of Dagestan, Russian news agencies reported.

The attack occurred in the village of Kizlyar in the Muslim-majority republic of Dagestan.

Russian news agencies said the attack occurred as churchgoers celebrated Maslenitsa, a Christian holiday marking the last day before Lent according to the eastern Orthodox calendar.

CCTV footage from the site of the deadly shooting shows a man armed with a rifle gunning down two women in broad daylight.

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A bearded man clad in a black vest and camouflage pants was seen crossing the street before opening fire on two female churchgoers as they left a service in Kizlyar in the Republic of Dagestan on Sunday afternoon. A woman walking several meters from the attacker was seen rushing away as the bloodshed unfolded.

The attacker was identified as a 22-year-old man local to the region, the TASS news agency said, citing the investigative committee.

He was shot and killed by security services who were on duty nearby, TASS said, adding that a hunting rifle, bullets and a knife were discovered on his person.

Initial reports suggested all five victims were women, TASS said, citing the local branch of the interior ministry.

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