Former IRS accountant who fired near White House undergoes surgery


The 47-year-old man shot Wednesday outside the White House after pulling out a firearm was recovering Thursday after surgery, hospital officials said.

Robert Pickett was in serious condition after surgery at George Washington University Hospital to remove a bullet from his right knee, the hospital said in a statement.

Hospital officials did not say when Pickett would be released, but noted that a surgery “of this type generally requires a hospital stay of several days.”

At 1106 a.m. Wednesday (1206 a.m. Thursday, Taipei time) Pickett brandished a handgun at the White House while President George W. Bush exercised inside, and was subdued with a shot to his right knee by U.S. Secret Service agents.

Pickett, an accountant, was fired by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the mid-80s, and neighbors said he resented the agency. He lived by himself, and acknowledged in court records that he suffered from mental illness and tried to commit suicide after his dismissal.