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Past incidents at the White House

Some previous incidents involving security alerts at or near the White House:

May 23, 1995

A man armed with an unloaded handgun was shot and wounded by a U.S. Secret Service agent on the South Lawn of the White House. The man, identified as Leland W. Modjeski, was accused of climbing over the White House compound's security fence and was running toward the presidential residence when he was shot. Then-President Clinton and his family were "never in any danger," according to a Secret Service spokesman.

May 1995

Four days before the May 23 incident, President Clinton agreed to a Secret Service recommendation that, in light of the Oklahoma City bombing, vehicular traffic should be blocked from Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

October 29, 1994

A Colorado man, Francisco Martin Duran, fired at least 29 rounds from a semiautomatic rifle at the White House from the sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue. No one was injured. President Clinton was "never in danger," officials said. Duran was eventually convicted of attempted murder of the president.

September 12, 1994

A man, flying a stolen Cessna airplane, entered the prohibited airspace around the White House just before 2 a.m. After passing over the ellipse, the man, identified as Frank Eugene Corder, crashed on the lawn just south of the Executive Mansion. The plane struck a tree near the South Portico steps and hit a corner on the first floor of the White House. President Clinton and his family were not in the residence at the time. Corder was killed in the crash.

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