Secret Service: Shots fired outside Bidens' Delaware home
Multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice-President Joe Biden on Saturday night, the United States Secret Service said yesterday. The vice-president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said.
The Wilmington home is several hundred yards from the main road where the shots rang out, and authorities were searching outside the Biden residence and nearby homes to determine whether any rounds hit anything. Police in New Castle County, Delaware, said there were no reports of any injuries related to the shooting.
Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said the shots were fired at about 8:25 p.m. on a public road outside the home's secure perimeter.
Secret Service personnel heard the shots, saw the vehicle drive past the home at a high speed and flee the scene.
The Secret Service said about 30 minutes later, an individual in a vehicle tried to pass a county police officer at a checkpoint set up after the shooting near the Biden home. That person was arrested for resisting arrest and was scheduled to be questioned regarding the shooting incident. County Police Sgt Jacob Andrews said it appears the man was not involved in the shooting.
Police said there was a report of shots fired in the nearby area of Hoopes Reservoir, just northwest of the Biden home. The reservoir is a source of fresh water for Wilmington.
Biden's office said the vice-president and his wife, Jill Biden, were briefed Saturday night, as was President Barack Obama. Biden's office referred all other questions to the Secret Service.
Yesterday afternoon, half a dozen sport utility vehicles were parked near the entrance of the Bidens' property, providing a heavy security presence in the area.