WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The man taken into custody Saturday by uniformed Secret Service officers after 20 to 30 bullets from a Chinese- made assault rifle were fired at the White House was reported missing four weeks ago after he disappeared on a shopping trip to buy 'target practice' supplies, police in his hometown said. A spokesman for the El Paso County, Colo., sheriff's office said Francisco Martin Duran, who was arrested after the 3 p.m. shooting incident on Pennsylvania Avenue north of the White House, was the subject of a missing person report filed Oct. 1 by his wife. Duran's wife went to the sheriff's office at 5:50 p.m. local time Oct. 1 to report that her husband had left their home in the town of Security, Colo., about 5 miles (8 km) south of Colorado Springs, at 6 p. m. Sept. 30 and had not returned. She said he told her he was going shopping 'to pick up supplies for target practice.' When he was arrested he was carrying a Chinese-made SKS assault rifle, a copy of the more widely-known Russian AK-47. 'We took the report and entered him in the computer,' the sheriff's office spokesman said. According to the report filed by his wife, Duran was wearing black jeans and black sneakers, similar to the clothing he was wearing when he was arrested Saturday. His wife also reported that he was driving a brown 1989 Chevrolet S- 10 pickup truck with Colorado plates when he disappeared.
A vehicle matching that description, covered with bumper stickers about trading guns for girls, was found parked near the White House and impounded after the shooting incident. Duran, who was in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1991 according to the missing person report, was employed at the 5-star Broadmoor resort hotel in Colorado Springs before his disappearance. The sheriff's spokesman said a records search Saturday disclosed no criminal history for Duran. 'A few traffic violations, that's all,' he said.