Date
25 September 2017
US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill were out for the evening when the shooting took place several hundred meters from their Delaware home. Photo: Reuters
US Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill were out for the evening when the shooting took place several hundred meters from their Delaware home. Photo: Reuters

Shots fired near Biden Delaware home

Gunshots rang out near the Delaware home of United States Vice President Joe Biden but he and his wife were not at home.

The shots came from a passing vehicle on a public road several hundred meters from the house, outside a security perimeter, Reuters reported Monday, citing the US Secret Service.

Secret Service personnel at the residence saw the vehicle speeding away.

Biden and his wife Jill were in Delaware when the shooting occurred but were out for the evening.

The home, near Wilmington, is not visible from the road. It was not clear whether the gunfire was random or aimed in the direction of the residence.

The incident occurred as the Secret Service tries to recover from a series of security lapses, including an incident in September when a knife-carrying man jumped the White House fence and ran into the president’s official residence.

Biden, 72, who served as a US senator from Delaware for more than three decades, has homes in New Castle County and in Washington, D.C.

The Bidens and President Barack Obama were briefed about the incident.

Authorities said they will search the area to determine whether the Biden home or other nearby residences were hit by bullets.

About half an hour after the shooting, local police arrested an individual in a vehicle attempting to pass an officer who was securing the area.

The person is not tied to the incident but the Secret Service said the person would be questioned about the shooting.

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