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Man reportedly shoots himself outside of White House

Man reportedly shoots himself outside of White House

A report of shots fired near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent.

The man died at the scene of the incident, which happened at 11:45am.

"We're investigating reports that he shot himself", but this had not been clearly established, said a police spokeswoman. The Metropolitan Police Department will lead an investigation into the shooting with the support of the Secret Service.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are now at Mar-a-Lago, Trump's private club in Palm Beach, Florida.

President Trump is in Florida on Saturday and not at the residence.

"We're aware of the incident".

As they responded to reports of a gunshot near the north lawn, the Secret Service told those in the White House to shelter in place.

The White House was placed on lockdown, and the surrounding area was cordoned off. Officers with rifles are patrolling the area.

Investigators say the incident occurred at the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Ave., NW. They are expected to return to Washington, D.C., later Saturday afternoon.

Ford, who tried to scale the White House fence past year, was carrying a pistol without a license, according to cops.

Most recently, on 23 February, a vehicle drove into a security barrier outside the building.

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