- A man fatally shot himself in the head near the White House on Saturday, authorities said.
- No one else was injured, and the Secret Service said none of the shots appeared to be directed at the White House.
- President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were in Florida at the time.
A man carrying a concealed handgun approached the White House’s north fence Saturday morning, fired several rounds, then fatally shot himself in the head, the Secret Service said in a statement.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were in Florida at the time. The White House says Trump has been briefed on the shooting.
Authorities said no one else was injured in the shooting, and that none of his shots appeared to be directed toward the White House.
The Secret Service said they identified the man but won’t release his name before notifying his relatives.
Speaking for the Secret Service, Mason F. Brayman says the man approached the fence shortly before noon and fired several rounds from a handgun. Brayman says none of the shots appear to have been directed toward the White House.
Secret Service officers set up a perimeter around the White House grounds Saturday afternoon, limiting access and rerouting tourists as they investigated.