White House on lock-down as man shoots self

05 March, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Gunman lies dead after White House was placed on lockdown and journalists cowered in briefing room as shots rang out

National news outlets in America report that the man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun.

"His body remained on scene. We are working to notify next of kin".

The Secret Service said he had "allegedly suffered a self inflicted gunshot wound".

Medical personnel were called to respond to the male victim, but he was declared dead at the scene, the U.S. Secret Service said.

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"The subject is deceased".

The gunman has been identified by the Secret service and the Metropolitan Police Department, but his name has not been disclosed citing security reasons.

The Secret Service said there were no other reported injuries. "Our natural death squad is on the scene". "Will provide updates as they come in".

Staff were instructed to take shelter inside after the incident occurred in the afternoon.

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Correspondents who were in the White House at the time were put on lockdown in the press briefing room following the incident.

He said he had the information confirmed to him by a US Secret Service Agent at around midday local time.

The incident increased security at the White House, and reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

U.S. Secret Service responded to the sound of shots fired. "Trying to learn more".

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