Gun shots rang out from a passing vehicle near Vice President Joe Biden's residence in Delaware on Saturday night. (Reuters)

Multiple gunshots were fired outside Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware and a vehicle fled the area Saturday night, Secret Service officials said.

The vice president and his family were not at home when the shooting occurred, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 8:25 p.m. on a public road outside the established security perimeter, authorities said. About a half-hour later, at 9 p.m., an individual in a vehicle attempted to pass an officer with the New Castle County Police who was securing an outer perimeter.That person, a man who remains unidentified, was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest after he did not cooperate with police in the area, said Sgt. Jacob Andrews, a spokesman for the New Castle County Police.

It was not clear whether the individual had anything to do with the shooting minutes earlier.

It was also not clear Sunday whether any of the gunshots hit Biden’s home, which is in Greenville, a small, affluent suburb of Wilmington. After the shooting, Secret Service agents launched an extensive search of the home’s exterior to determine whether the building had been struck, according to the Secret Service.

There was no immediate information about a possible motive. The vice president and his wife, Jill Biden, have been briefed on the incident, according to the Secret Service.

“The Secret Service is working closely with the New Castle County Police on investigating this incident,” according to a statement released by the Secret Service.

A Biden spokeswoman declined to comment, referring all questions to the Secret Service.

Andrews said Sunday that the New Castle County Police are investigating the incident with the FBI’s division in Baltimore. He said that after police responded at 8:28 p.m. to a report of shots near Biden’s home, officers heard more gunshots when they arrived.

Andrews said police learned there was a report of more shots fired nearby at the Hoopes Reservoir, which is more than a mile from the initial security perimeter near Biden’s home in a heavily wooded area. He said that it is not clear whether the two reports of shots fired are linked.

Carol Leonnig contributed to this report.