Police tape outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the United States Secret Service after gunshots were heard. Picture: AFP
Police tape outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the United States Secret Service after gunshots were heard. Picture: AFP

Man dead after shooting at White House

DRAMATIC scenes have unfolded at the White House today after a US Secret Service agent reported that shots had been fired.

The precinct, home to US President Donald Trump, was put in lockdown after reports of gunshots, with the Secret Service confirming on Twitter they were responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence of the White House.

According to The Sun, medical personnel went to the scene and responded to the male victim.

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House was impacted due to the incident.

Authorities have since announced that a man shot himself to death outside the White House.

The District of Columbia Police Department said in a tweet that an "adult male has been declared deceased. We are working to notify next of kin."

That tweet came about two hours after the Secret Service first released information that it was responding to reports of a self-inflicted shooting along the White House's north fence.

The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene. Picture: AP Photo
The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene. Picture: AP Photo

President Trump and his wife Melania are not currently at the White House, instead staying in Florida at the Mar-a-Lago resort.

According to US media, Trump has been briefed on the incident and is set to return later today.

Correspondents who were in the White House at the time were put on lockdown in the press briefing room following the incident.

Outside the White House several blocks are closed down by the Secret Service after reports a person allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Picture: AFP Photo
Outside the White House several blocks are closed down by the Secret Service after reports a person allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Picture: AFP Photo

The Secret Service said there were no other reported injuries.

 

If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency call 000.

 

This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.


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