Man dead after shooting himself near White House
- Author: Ryan Wade Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 0:59
The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene.
The incident comes days after a vehicle hit a security barrier near the White House, resulting in the arrest and charge of a 35-year-old female driver. The Secret Service and Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department are withholding the victim's name until his family is notified, a Secret Service release stated. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent.
President Donald Trump was away at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, and was scheduled to return Saturday afternoon.
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Standing along the north fence line, the Secret Service said he fired several rounds, none of which appeared to be directed toward the White House.
The man fired a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the Secret Service said there were no other injuries.
The incident increased security at the White House, and reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement. "Trying to learn more".
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"We're aware of the incident".
It happened just a week after a auto ploughed into a security barrier near the President's home.
Disturbances outside the White House are not rare.
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A police spokesman told USA Today: "The adult male who reportedly shot himself has been declared dead".