Man shoots and kills himself outside fence

Hannah Rogers
March 5, 2018

"Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of (the) White House.", US secret service tweeted.

The incident affected pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House, the Secret Service said earlier on Twitter.

President Trump is now in West Palm Beach with First Lady Melania Trump, but has been briefed on the incident, according to White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

JOURNALISTS hid in the briefing room of the White House yesterday after a man shot himself in the head outside the gates.

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There have been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years.

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is the lead investigative organization for the shooting, supported by the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies. "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. They are scheduled to return for a dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

A White House spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation".

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