Police probe possible shots fired near the White House:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating a report that gunshots were fired in the vicinity of The White House.
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.
He said that shortly afterward, officers located an abandoned vehicle several blocks away on the ramp to the nearby Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
He said police are looking at “involvement of this vehicle in the situation,” but didn’t know whether a weapon was recovered. He said police suspect another vehicle was involved.
Police are looking for bullet holes and haven’t confirmed that shots were actually fired. He said The White House is a fair distance away and doesn’t appear to have been the focus.
-- Gunshots were fired in Washington DC, one of the most violent and lawless cities in the US. What a surprise!
-- An abandoned car was found in DC. What a surprise!
-- No bullet holes have been found, anywhere.
-- The White House is way away from where the abandoned car was found, even if the car had anything to do with the gunshots.
-- A gun was allegedly found near the abandoned car and it was called in subsequent articles by the AP an AK47 Assault Rifle and an AK47 Machine Gun.
-- A rifle of those designations cannot be purchased legally in DC or Maryland, with or without a Federal Tax stamp. Ownership, therefore, of such a weapon can only be illegal in those areas, and will likely be used by only outlaws.
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