(AP, ABC7) Shots have been fired between two cars near the White House, U.S. Park Police confirms.
Sgt. David Schlosser of the U.S. Park Police said Friday evening that the agency received a report of shots fired near 16th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, between The White House and the Washington Monument, at about 9:30 p.m.
Schlosser said the White House did not appear to have been the focus of the incident.
Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said witnesses heard shots and saw two vehicles racing on Constitution Avenue toward 17th Street, and one of the vehicles was abandoned at 23rd and Constitution.
Witnesses saw the driver get out and run across the Roosevelt Bridge toward Arlington, Va., Donovan said. He said an AK-47 assault rifle was recovered but no one is in custody.
Police were looking for bullet holes and had not confirmed that shots were actually fired. Police said no guns or shell casings were found Friday night.
Constitution Avenue was closed Friday night between 15th and 17th Streets. U.S. Park Police and Security Service were on the scene.
President Barack Obama was observing Veterans Day with a basketball game aboard a Navy warship Friday. Obama's stop in San Diego was the first leg of a nine-day diplomacy mission he's embarking on, to Hawaii, where the U.S. is hosting an economic summit for the Asia-Pacific, and from there to Australia and Indonesia.
He is scheduled to arrive back in Washington Nov. 20.