Secret Service: Man shoots himself to death in front of White House

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WASHINGTON — A man shot himself to death in front of the White House just before noon Saturday, a Secret Service spokeswoman 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, a spokeswoman said.

The man has since died; no one else was injured in the incident, the spokesman said.

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

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.”

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is taking the lead in the investigation, Milhoan said.

Law enforcement authorities have identified the victim but are withholding the man’s name pending notification of his family, Milhoan said.

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

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