Saturday, 3 March 2018

Man shoots and kills himself outside White House fence (Video)

A man has shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington, the Secret Service says.

It said the man approached the White House's fence on Pennsylvania Avenue just before noon local time (17:00GMT) before taking out a handgun and firing several shots. The man's name has not been released.
"The man approached the fence line, removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear to have been aimed at the White House, a Secret Service spokesperson said. The man has since died; no one else was injured in the incident."
"The victim suffered a single gunshot wound, and Secret Service personnel did not fire any shots," Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said.
President Donald Trump and his family are not at the White House, but at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. They are scheduled to return for a dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

The man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun, the Washington Post reports, citing witnesses.

A video posted to Twitter shows many people running away from the scene.
There have been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years.

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

In March last year a man armed with pepper spray spent more than 16 minutes inside the grounds after jumping the fence.

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