Obama briefed on D.C. security incident
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN |
10/3/13 3:11 PM EDT
President Obama has been briefed on the Thursday afternoon security incident on Capitol Hill, a White House official said.
"White House staff are in touch with law enforcement and monitoring the incident," the official said, referring other questions to the Secret Service.
Secret Service personnel at the White House confirmed that a vehicle slammed into a gate on the south side of the White House complex before speeding off towards the Capitol.
“A vehicle struck a bollard at 15th and Pennsylvania,” near a checkpoint that allows access to the south side of White House complex, a law enforcement source told POLITICO. “It continued driving down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Captiol.”
The cautioned against saying the vehicle rammed the White House checkpoint, saying the auto collided with something there and drove off.
Carrie Budoff Brown and Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.