Secret Service: Man suffered self-inflicted gunshot wound outside White House

- Maret 03, 2018

The White House went into lockdown Saturday afternoon after reports of shots fired near the North Lawn, an incident the Secret Service later said was a self-inflicted shooting.

"BREAKING: Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of @WhiteHouse," the Secret Service posted on Twitter from its official account.

The Secret Service added that no other injuries associated with the incident were reported. while medical personnel was responding to a male victim.

President Donald Trump, who is in Palm Beach, Florida, has been made aware of the incident, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said. Hogan referred all questions to the Secret Service. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are set to return to Washington on Saturday night.

NBC White House correspondent Geoff Bennett wrote on Twitter that reporters were being told to shelter in place in the White House briefing room.

"BREAKING: We're sheltering in place at the White House briefing room. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent. Trying to learn more," Bennett wrote on Twitter.

News footage showed a large police presence around Lafayette Park and the White House North Lawn, which was devoid of the usual weekend traffic. In a later tweet, the Secret Service said the incident was affecting traffic around the area.


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