Man Shot Himself Outside White House, Law Enforcement Source Says

Howard TerryMar 05, 2018

The Secret Service says pedestrian and vehicle traffic near the White House is being impacted due to the incident.

The District of Columbia police confirms its homicide/natural death unit is responding.

The Secret Service on Saturday responded to reports of a man who shot himself near the White House.

Authorities are investigating what led a man to shoot himself right outside of the White House. The sound of gunfire echoed across the grounds and reporters said they were told to stay inside the White House.

In the chaotic aftermath of the shooting, the Secret Service shared updates via its Twitter feed.

The man has been identified, but his name is not being released until officials have reached his next of kin.

The man then fired several rounds which, according to the Secret Service, do not appear to have been directed towards the White House.

"We're aware of the incident".

Trump is expected to return to Washington D.C. this afternoon to attend the Gridiron Club dinner, an annual gathering with members of the press and D.C. politicos.

Police and medical personnel quickly swarmed the area, and the White House was placed on lockdown. "The president has been briefed". A Secret Service source confirmed to CNN that the suspect's auto was located in the area where the search of the vehicle took place.

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