Secret Service agents assigned to the protection of a granddaughter to President Joe Biden fired their weapons at multiple suspects attempting to break into an unmarked SUV.
The incident occurred late Sunday night in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a site where carjackings have increased in frequency with a spike in crime across the nation’s capital. Multiple agents were out with Naomi Biden, 29, when they spotted the suspects smashing a window of one of the parked and unoccupied SUVs, according to the AP.
Agents opened fire but did not manage to hit any of the suspects, who fled into a red vehicle. An all-points bulletin was put out to the Metropolitan Police to keep a lookout for the suspects.
Naomi Biden, an attorney, is the daughter of Hunter Biden and Kathleen Buhle, the embattled first son’s former wife. Naomi was born in D.C. and played an active role in her grandfather’s political career, attending the 2008 Democratic National Convention with her family and as an adult accompanied President Biden on multiple overseas diplomatic visits. She encouraged him to run for president in 2020.
Naomi was also the first granddaughter of a U.S. president to marry at the White House, exchanging vows with her husband Peter George Heermann Neal on the South Lawn in 2022.
The D.C. metropolitan area has seen a rise in crime in recent years. Police have reported more than 750 carjackings this year and more than 6,000 reports of stolen vehicles in the district. Last month Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was carjacked by three armed assailants who left him unharmed but got away with his white Toyota crossover. The car was eventually recovered, but the suspects remain at large.