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Man kills himself outside White House

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WASHINGTON — A man died in front of the White House on Saturday after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Secret Service confirmed.

The incident took place outside the North White House fence line, after a man approached the fence, removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were at Mar-a-Lago in Florida at the time of the incident, and officials later confirmed that no member of the First Family was in the White House when the shooting occurred.

“We are aware of the incident,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. “The President has been briefed.”

The Secret Service later confirmed that there were no further injuries to report.

The agency also tweeted that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House had been affected by the incident.

The deceased had been identified by Secret Service and DC Metropolitan Police, but his identity was being withheld until his family was notified.

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