Secret Service Agent Shoots Car

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating why one of its agents shot his car last month during a United Nations visit by the Iranian premier.

Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren confirmed that his agency's internal affairs unit has been asked to find out the details surrounding an agent's "accidental discharge" into the floorboard of his vehicle on Sept. 25 in Manhattan.

The spokesman would not confirm the type of gun used to shoot the automobile. The car was parked in a "staging area," Zahren said. He noted that there were no "principals" near the site of the shooting -- security-speak for the individuals under Secret Service protection.


Zahren would not identify who the agent was assigned to protect, although two security officials familiar with the incident tell ABC News the agent was protecting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The accident is the second reported incident of its kind this year. In April, two Secret Service officers protecting the White House grounds went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after one of their weapons accidentally fired.

The president was away at the time, attending a ceremony for the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre.

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