A man threw firecrackers over the North fence of the White House Monday afternoon, hours after a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard left more than a dozen dead.
The Associated Press said the middle-aged man, who was white with dark hair and wearing a blue shirt and white shorts, was arrested outside the gate on Pennsylvania Avenue. As agents responded, press and staff were ordered to retreat from the lawn into the White House complex, which was then locked down.
I heard 2 loud pops coming from outside the fence on the north lawn...sounded like fireworks. Secret Service tackled a man wearing shorts— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) September 16, 2013
heard shots outside wh gate --— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 16, 2013
Secret Service now clearing the entire North Lawn for safety pic.twitter.com/I8N8fGRUt6— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 16, 2013
Park Police closing off Lafayette park http://t.co/cDoVesSf7J— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 16, 2013
Earlier Monday, President Obama heralded the victims of the Washington Navy Yard tragedy as "patriots" and vowed to do "everything in our power" to make sure those responsible were brought to justice.