A man shot himself in the head in front of the White House at just before noon Saturday, a Secret Service spokesperson has told CNN.
“Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse,” the Secret Service tweeted as the incident unfolded.
Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said the man approached the fence line, removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear to have been aimed at the White House.
Milhoan noted that the man has since died; no one else was injured in the incident, adding that the victim suffered a single gunshot wound, and Secret Service personnel did not fire any shots.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, at the time and are scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday afternoon for the annual Gridiron Club Dinner.
“We are aware of the incident,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. “The President has been briefed. I refer you to the Secret Service for any more information.”
Milhoan said the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department is taking the lead in the investigation.
She added that law enforcement authorities have identified the victim but are withholding the man’s name pending notification of his family.
The Secret Service also tweeted that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House has been affected by the incident.