Gunman shoots himself outside White House

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Mar 04, 2018, 01:26 AM(IST)

August 23: Escalation Photograph:( Reuters )

The authorities on Sunday confirmed the death of the gunman, who had shot himself in front of the White House on Saturday.

"Adult male has been declared deceased," the Washington, DC Police Department said on Twitter.  

The gunman has been identified by the Secret service and the Metropolitan Police Department, but his name has not been disclosed citing security reasons.

The Secret Service said a white male approached the fence north of the White House at about 11:46 am, "removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House."

While as many as 100 people -- mostly tourists -- were on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House at the time, no one else was reported hurt  confirming that the Gunman did not target any shot towards the White House., the Secret Service said. 

At the time, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania were at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. The president was set to return to Washington later Saturday to attend the annual Gridiron Club media dinner.

"We are aware of the incident," deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. "The president has been briefed."

Local police will lead an investigation of the shooting, with support from the Secret Service and other agencies, the Secret Service said.

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