On Sunday, the U.S. Secret Service reported that several gunshots were heard outside Vice President Joseph Biden’s home in Greenville, Delaware, a day before. The shots came from an unidentified vehicle. The Vice President and his wife weren’t in the house when the shooting occurred, investigators said.
The vehicle was driving “at a high rate of speed” on the main road which is several hundreds yards away from the Bidens home.
After the incident, Secret Service officers started an investigation in the neighborhood, searching for suspects and see if there were any casualties. New Castle County Police said victims were reported by the nearby hospitals.
Robert Hoback, spokesperson for the Secret Service, told reporters that witnesses heard the shootings on Saturday, in the evening hours around 8:25 p.m. The source of the shots was a high-speeding car driving on the main road, that is outside the secure perimeter of the Vice President’s residence. The Secret Service staff that were guarding the house during those hours said they also heard the shots and could catch a glimpse of the high-speeding vehicle before vanishing from their sight.
Thirty minutes later the county Police arrested a turbulent individual trying to drive past a checkpoint set up nearby the Vice President’s home due to the gunshot incident. The man was very agitated because he was in a hurry and a police officer was blocking his way. The unidentified person resisted arrest and he is now under investigation.
However, Sgt. Jacob Andrews, a county police officer, said that the man apparently was not linked with the incident.
The next day, one of the witnesses, Young Cho, who lives close by the Biden residence, said that he and his family heard the shootings around 8:25 p.m. on Saturday evening.
Mr. Cho also told Police that he heard four different shots, and that he wasn’t scarred by the shooting because he knew Secret Service was always watching the neighborhood.
“I wasn’t too worried. I feel really safe here. But it was really strange, to hear those kinds of shots next to the vice president’s house,”
the witness added.
The Secret Service reported that there was no need to worry. The Bidens and President Obama were briefed about the incident on that very evening. Additionally, the house is heavy guarded by the Secret Service and protected by a surrounding wooded area from inquisitive eyes. So, the Vice President’s home was not visible from the main road where the shooting occurred.
On Sunday afternoon, six sport-utility vehicles were parked on the driveway of the Biden house. Hours later more SUVs showed up. It is still unclear if the vice president was in one of those vehicles.
On Monday, Vice President Biden must deliver a speech for the Organization of Minority Women in Wilmington.
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