March 18, 2021
A Texas man has been arrested by the Secret Service for gun offenses outside the official residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. No threats were made to the vice president or the president by the suspect.
Per reports, a man was arrested outside Vice President Kamala Harris's official residence in Washington, D.C, yesterday for gun-related offenses. The Texas native, Paul Murray, was apprehended and charged by the Secret Service.
Murray was seen near the Naval Observatory by uniformed officers near the neighborhood. Earlier in the day, Murray's mother had called the Capitol Police to air concerns about some statements he made.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks to her supporters during her presidential campaign launch rally in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza on January 27, 2019, in Oakland, California. | Photo: Getty Images
Although the remarks he made weren't directly related to the vice president or the president, the tip shared revealed that the suspect might have been suffering from a mental health crisis and "experiencing paranoid delusions of people."
Reuters reports that the 31-year-old complained to his mother about fears of the military wanting to harm him and told her he was in Washington to fix the problem. When approached by the Secret Service, he asked to see President Joe Biden.
Murray claimed that he needed help and hoped that President Biden could assist him. The suspect had no weapons on him but led the officers to his vehicle, where a rifle and ammunition were recovered.
According to reports, the gunman had intentions of heading to Florida after the mass shooting.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police have since charged him for carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a shotgun or rifle outside a business, possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, and possession of unregistered ammunition.
At the time of the incident, Vice President Harris' official residence was vacant and undergoing renovations. She is currently staying at Blair House, a guest home for the White House. No threats were made at Biden or Harris.
The incident at the Naval Observatory comes a day after an Atlanta-area spas shooting left eight dead. According to reports, the gunman had intentions of heading to Florida after the mass shooting.
It is not sure what he planned to do in Florida, but investigators suggest the suspect might have wanted to carry out more killings. The suspect, Robert Long, opened fire at spas in the northeastern and northwestern area of Atlanta.
Six Asian people and two White people have been confirmed dead, raising concerns of an Asian-hate crime. The 21-year-old, however, claimed to be battling sexual addiction and came to the spas to eliminate his temptations.
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