Secret Service agents leaped into action after multiple gunshots were fired by a shooter in Washington D.C. on early Thursday morning. The event occurred right outside of the Cuban embassy, according to a local CBS news affiliate.
According to that report, Secret Service officers were called around 2:15 a.m. to the 2600 block of 16th Street NW D.C., where the embassy is located after it was reported that there was an active shooter. The Secret Service has since confirmed this.
Officers arrived at the scene and discovered the shooter was using a large semi-automatic military-grade style weapon with intent to kill someone.
Swiftly and without any injuries afflicted, the agents managed to rush in and apprehend the suspect, whose name has finally been released to the public.
Going To Jail
The alleged gunman was a 42-year-old named Alexander Alazo of Aubrey, Texas. Alazo has been charged with multiple charges including but not limited to Assault and Intent to Kill. He was also charged with being in possession of an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition, and possession of a high capacity feed device.
Although the shooter’s intent is unclear at this time, authorities claim that an initial investigation shows Alazo shooting towards the Cuban embassy.
An Official Response
After the arrest, Secret Service officials refused to comment on the ongoing investigation, stating:
“The incident did not impact Secret Service protective operations. As a matter of practice, the agency does not comment on on-going investigations. The Secret Service is working with appropriate partner law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident.”
The Cuban embassy released the following statement:
“In the early hours of today, Thursday, April 30, 2020, an unknown individual shot with a firearm at the building of the Cuban Embassy in the United States. There was no damage to the mission’s personnel, who are safe and protected, but there was material damage to the building resulting from the impact of the shooting.”
The Cuban statement continued:
“It is an obligation of the States to adopt all the appropriate measures to protect the premises of an accredited diplomatic mission in their country against any intrusion or damage and to avoid that the tranquility of the mission is disturbed or its dignity is violated.”
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