Supervisors Mishandled 2011 White House shooting incident: Official

Supervisors Mishandled 2011 White House shooting incident: Official

On Sunday, a top White House official claimed supervisors mishandled a 2011 shooting incident at the White House.

Tony Blinken, President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser, said, "The men and women of the Secret Service put their lives on the line for the President of the United States, his family, and folks working in the White House every single day, 24 hours a day".

The incident dates back to the night of November 11, 2011, when around seven bullets struck the upstairs residence of the White House. These bullets were fired from a car parked some 700 yards (meters) away across the South Lawn. Obama and his wife were out of town. Their younger daughter Sasha was inside with her grandmother Marian Robinson while the older daughter Malia was due to return any time from an evening with friends.

Hearing the gunshots, the Secret Service officers initially rushed to respond but they received a surprise order from a supervisor stating that no shots have been fired so they all better stand down. This was so as the supervisor on duty believed the noise was a backfire from a nearby construction vehicle.

Later, a housekeeper noticed shattered glass and a chunk of cement on the floor from the gunfire, it was only then that the Secret Service confirmed that bullets had indeed been fired at the White House.

Obama and his wife were infuriated by the Secret Service response, and only learned of the incident days later.

Tony Blinken stated that the Secret Service was investigating this, and they will take any steps necessary to correct any deficiency.

These shots were fired by Oscar Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho. He was subsequently found guilty of attempting to assassinate the President and given a 25-year prison sentence. After the shooting, he sped away but soon crashed his car and then escaped on foot from there. He was arrested in Pennsylvania five days later.

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