Man apparently shoots himself near White House, Secret Service says

by Antonio Miles March 5, 2018, 1:27
Man apparently shoots himself near White House, Secret Service says

President Donald Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida at the time of the shooting but has reportedly been briefed on the incident.

DC Police Department reported the man who fired the gun has been declared deceased.

"The subject is deceased".

There were no other injuries, according to the Secret Service, and while the victim has been identified, his name has not been released. "Our natural death squad is on the scene".

"White House now locked down", NBC News photographer Paul Rigney tweeted.

The incident increased security at the White House, and reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

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The victim suffered a single gunshot wound, and Secret Service personnel did not fire any shots, Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said. "Trying to learn more".

Secret service officers did not fire any shots, she revealed.

It is unclear if the incident was politically connected in nature, although CBS News security analyst Ron Hosko said that will be one thing law enforcement would look into as they investigate. "We refer all questions to the secret service".

Geoff Bennett, White House correspondent for NBC News, said that journalists were "sheltering" in the press briefing room.

Last week a woman named Jessica Ford was charged with ramming a van into the barrier at the White House.

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