WASHINGTON — Several gunshots were fired out of a vehicle speeding by the home of Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. in Greenville, Del., on Saturday night, according to federal law enforcement officials.
Neither the vice president nor his wife were home at the time of the shooting, which occurred around 8:25 p.m., officials said.
Secret Service and the local police were unable to catch the vehicle as it raced away.
It was not clear whether any of the shots hit Mr. Biden’s residence, or even if they were aimed directly at the home, which sits roughly 300 yards back from the road, officials said.
Secret Service agents were beginning to canvass the home looking for bullet marks on Sunday morning. There was no immediate explanation for a possible motive.
“The Secret Service is working closely with the New Castle County Police on investigating this incident,” said Edwin Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service.
Less than an hour after the shooting, a man in a vehicle tried to drive past a police officer who was securing the area around the vice president’s home. The man resisted arrest, officials said, but was taken into custody.
The man will be “questioned regarding the shooting incident last night to determine if he was involved in any way,” the official said.