04 Mar Man Fatally Shoots Himself Outside White House
A man fatally shot himself outside the White House on Saturday, the U.S. Secret Service said.
The shooting happened along the north fence of the White House, according to the Secret Service Twitter account. The agency said there were no related injuries.
The D.C. Police Department said Saturday the man was declared dead. The department, which sent its natural death squad to the scene, said it was working to notify the man’s next of kin.
President Donald Trump wasn’t at the White House when the man shot himself. Mr. Trump spent the morning golfing in Florida, where he is staying at his Mar-a-Lago resort. He is set to return to Washington on Saturday evening for the annual Gridiron Dinner, an event hosted by an association of Washington reporters. Before leaving Florida, he addressed wealthy donors convened at Mar-a-Lago for a fundraiser benefiting the Republican Party and his re-election campaign.
White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said the president had been briefed on the incident. He referred further questions to the Secret Service.
Shortly after the incident, Mr. Trump issued a series of tweets on trade and on the news media, which he said had “gone CRAZY!”
The White House building and its surroundings have been a regular target for fence-hoppers and others who wish to disrupt the government or potentially talk to or harm the president. Such security-related incidents have happened several times in recent years.
Last month, the Secret Service apprehended a woman who drove a passenger vehicle into a security barrier near the White House. The vehicle didn’t breach the barrier near the White House complex, and no shots were fired in the incident, the Secret Service said at the time.
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