White House on lockdown after shots fired

Glen Norman
March 5, 2018

JOURNALISTS hid in the briefing room of the White House yesterday after a man shot himself in the head outside the gates.

President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time.

A police spokesman told USA Today: "The adult male who reportedly shot himself has been declared dead".

Law enforcement personnel spent about four hours Saturday afternoon searching a maroon Honda Accord with an Alabama license plate parked on the street near the Capital Hilton hotel, a few blocks from the White House, a Secret Service source said.

Cameron Ross Burgess approached the fence-line on the north side and fired his weapon multiple times just before noon, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

There were no other injuries, according to the Secret Service, and while the victim has been identified, his name has not been released. He did not appear to be aiming for the White House.

"White House now locked down", NBC News photographer Paul Rigney tweeted. "I refer you to the Secret Service for any more information".

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

The President is due to return to Washington DC today.

A White House spokesman said: "We are aware of the situation".

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