Man kills himself outside White House

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The agency says there are no other reported injuries related to the incident and medical personnel are on scene.

The local police said later that an "adult male has been declared deceased".

Shortly before noon Saturday, a man approached the north fence around the White House, removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, according to a Secret Service statement.

"We're investigating reports that he shot himself", but this had not been clearly established, said a police spokeswoman.

A man has fatally shot himself outside the White House, putting the compound into lockdown.

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The man has been identified, but authorities are withholding his name as they are waiting for notifications from his family. Reporters at the White House were told to shelter in place during the ongoing incident.

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

None of them appeared to be directed at the White House.

The president was briefed on the shooting. After officers blocked off the area, a bomb squad swept the vehicle, and law enforcement personnel removed several items from it, including what looked like pictures and documents from a cigar box, before towing the auto away. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

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