March 19, 2018

Secret Service: Man shot himself near White House

05 March 2018, 12:57 | Simon Arnold

U.S. Secret Service on Twitter: "UPDATE: No other reported injuries related to the incident at @WhiteHouse."

People run away from a site where an unidentified man was wounded in shooting near the White House in Washington

No other injuries reported.

A man has reportedly shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington.


"At approximately 11:46 a.m., a white male victim suffered a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to the head outside the North White House Fence", the release stated.

National news outlets in America report that the man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun.

NBC's White House correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted first about the incident.

The Service also said the injured male was being treated by medical personnel. "Our natural death squad is on the scene". Law enforcement authorities have identified the victim but are withholding the man's name pending notification of his family, the spokesperson said.

The shooting sparked panic inside the building, with staff and journalists told to take shelter.

The White House was placed on lockdown, and the surrounding area was cordoned off. "I refer you to the Secret Service for any more information".

The incident increased security at the White House, and reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent. "The president has been briefed", a White House spokeswoman said in a statement.

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