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Shots fired from fast-moving vehicle near Vice-President Biden’s home

Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-18 23:59:01-05

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. -- On Saturday night a vehicle drove near Vice President Joe Biden's residence in Delaware and fired multiple gun shots, but the vice president and his wife, Jill, were not home at the time, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback told CNN.

The incident occurred around 8:28 p.m.

"A vehicle drove by the vice president's residence at a high rate of speed and fired multiple gun shots. This occurred on a public road outside the established security perimeter. The shots were heard by Secret Service personnel posted at the residence and a vehicle was observed by an agent leaving the scene at a high rate of speed," Hoback said.

There was another nearby shooting a short time later, according to the New Castle County Police Department.

"Officers learned a short time later there was a report of shots fired in the nearby area of Hoopes Reservoir," the police said on Sunday in a statement.

The vice president was expected to spend the weekend in Delaware. A spokesperson for Biden says the vice president and his wife were briefed on the incident on Saturday night. President Barack Obama was also briefed on Saturday night, according to a White House official.

Thorough searches will be conducted on the outside of Biden's residence and nearby residences to see if any rounds hit any structure, a Secret Service official separately told CNN. The vice president's residence is several hundred yards away from the main road from where the shots were fired.

New Castle Delaware County police are working with the Secret Service and the FBI's Baltimore division to investigate the incident.

"While the incident scene was being searched at approximately [9 p.m.], an individual in a vehicle attempted to pass a New Castle County police officer who was securing the outer perimeter of the area. As a result of the interaction with the officer, this individual was arrested for resisting arrest," Hoback said.

The New Castle Country police confirmed on Sunday that the man was not charged in relation to the shooting.

A Secret Service official told CNN that individual will be questioned regarding the shooting incident to see if he was involved.