A Secret Service agent protecting President Biden’s granddaughter opened fire after three people tried to break into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle in Washington, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Agents assigned to protect Naomi Biden were with her in the Georgetown neighborhood late Sunday night when they saw people breaking a window of the parked and unoccupied SUV. One agent opened fire, but no one was struck. The three people were seen fleeing in a red car.
Washington has seen a significant rise in carjackings and car thefts. Police have reported more than 750 carjackings this year and more than 6,000 reports of stolen vehicles. U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was carjacked last month near the Capitol by three armed assailants, who stole his car but didn’t harm him. Reported violent crime in Washington has also been on the rise this year, up more than 40% compared with last year. In February, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her apartment building.