Man suffers ‘self-inflicted wound’ outside White House

The US Secret services says that a man is reported to have shot himself outside the White House in Washington. The man who shot himself in the head beyond the north fence line outside the White House Saturday is dead. Law enforcement officials are not releasing his name at this time, as they look for next of kin.

It tweeted that agents were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound” outside the north fence.

The incident occurred shortly before noon, intensifying White House security. A law enforcement official told CBS News’ Pat Milton the man apparently shot himself, and the U.S. Secret Service treated the matter as a suicide attempt. Secret Service said there were no other injuries aside from the male victim, who “allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound.”

President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

On 23 February, a car drove into a security barrier outside the building. A 35-year-old woman was detained.

The Secret Service said that medical personnel were responding to a male victim. It said no one else has been reported injured in the latest incident.

There have been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years. In March last year a man armed with pepper spray spent more than 16 minutes inside the grounds after jumping the fence.

Washington DC police said on Twitter that their “natural death squad” was on the scene.