Crowd Runs After Shot Fired Near White House

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A man is dead after he shot himself near the White House yesterday afternoon.

"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.

The District of Columbia Police Department said in a tweet that an "adult male has been declared deceased".

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.

Post the incident, the White House went on a lockdown while US President Donald Trump was away on a visit to Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "We're working to notify next of kin".

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The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene. "Our natural death squad is on the scene".

Traffic was brought to a standstill and journalists sheltered in the briefing room during the incident.

No one else was injured.

Secret Service agents raced to the site following the shooting at around 5pm United Kingdom time on Saturday. "Trying to learn more".

"You can get pretty darn close to the White House with a weapon", Hosko said, describing how security is tight around the White House, but people are allowed to get relatively close to the perimeter.