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Security Lockdown at White House

Security Lockdown at White House

The Secret Service put the White House on lockdown after a pair of shots were heard, according to the NY Daily News.

A man who shot himself in the head Saturday outside the north fence lining the White House is dead, D.C. police and the U.S. Secret Service confirmed. The man has since died; no one else was injured in the incident, the spokesperson said.

The man's name has been withheld by law enforcement until his family is notified. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound and Secret Service personnel did not fire any shots, according to Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were in Florida at the time.

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"We're aware of the incident".

FBI Former Assistant Director Ron Hosko says it's not hard to get near the White House with a weapon. "The president has been briefed", deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters.

Pedestrian and vehicle traffic around the White House was blocked off by police, which is routine in such incidents.

On 15th Street, clusters of tourists were held at street corners.


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