A Secret Service agent guarding President Joe Biden’s granddaughter opened fire on three people in Washington, D.C.
The group was allegedly attempting to break into an unoccupied Secret Service vehicle in Georgetown just before midnight on Oct. 12. The agents stationed in the area are reportedly assigned to Naomi Biden’s detail.
“Officials believe nobody was shot during the incident, and the three individuals were seen in a red car,” reports USA Today.
The Secret Service stressed in a statement that Biden’s granddaughter was not in danger during the course of the incident.
“There was no threat to any protectees and the incident is being investigated by the DC Metropolitan Police Department and the Secret Service,” said the agency, per CBS News.
The Metropolitan Police Department has not disclosed any additional details.
“Second District officers, and MPD Internal Affairs were on scene assisting US Secret Service regarding this incident. We have no further information at this time,” said MPD in a statement, per ABC News.
Naomi Biden, 29, is the president’s oldest grandchild. Her father is Hunter Biden. The attorney is named for her late aunt, who died in 1972 during a car accident that also claimed the life of the president’s first wife. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and works for Arnold & Porter, a D.C.-based law firm.
She and her husband, Peter Neal, were married on the South Lawn of the White House on November 19, 2022. The event was attended by 250 people. Biden and her husband had been living in the White House, where they regularly attend official events including state dinners.
Crime has increased in the nation’s capital in recent years. As of October 2023, all crime had increased 27% in a one-year period, according to a report from Fox 5 DC. Moreover, violent crime is up 41%, robberies are up 70%, and homicides are up 33%.
In July, the Mexican consulate issued a warning to Mexican nationals living in the city.
“The city of Washington, D.C. is experiencing a significant increase in crime in areas previously considered safe. Take precautions,” the consulate said in a statement online.
Congressman Henry Cuellar of Texas was carjacked by three armed assailants outside of his Washington, D.C. apartment on the evening of Oct. 2. The incident occurred eight months after Congresswoman Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted by a man who followed her into the elevator of her D.C. apartment building.