BREAKING: Gunman Opens Fire Near White House

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One person was shot and wounded on Friday afternoon just outside the White House after a gunman opened fire in the area.

According to CNN, Secret Service officers evacuated and cleared the White House North Lawn, Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Park during the security incident, which occurred around 2 pm. Washington Post reported that the shooting occurred on West Executive Drive, near 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where they remain in critical condition. Barack Obama was reportedly not at the White House during the shooting, but it is unknown if his family was there at this time.

We will update you further as this story develops.

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