Secret Service: Man Dead After Shooting Himself Near White House

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Officers have received calls "of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line", leading for the White House to be on lockdown.

President Trump is now in West Palm Beach with First Lady Melania Trump, but has been briefed on the incident, according to White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley.

No shots were fired by the Secret Service, and a firearm was recovered at the scene, the source said.

The Secret Service also tweeted that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House has been affected by the incident.

The authorities are now "working to notify next of kin".

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"The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department will be the lead investigative organization for this shooting, supported by the U.S. Secret Service Washington Field Office and other law enforcement organizations. Our natural death squad is on the scene".

The US Secret service took to its Twitter account to inform about the incident.

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

"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.

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