INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Man reportedly shoots himself outside White House

A man has reportedly shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 4th March 2018, 8:34 am
Updated Sunday, 4th March 2018, 8:45 am
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Washington DC Police said the man approached the White House's fence just before noon local time yesterday before taking out a handgun and firing several shots.

In a statement, the force said: "Adult male allegedly shot himself along the north fence line of the White House. No other injuries reported. Our natural death squad is on the scene."

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No one else was injured, according to police.

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

National news outlets in America report that the man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun.

A video posted to Twitter shows many people running away from the scene.

The man's name has not been released.

There has been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years.

Most recently, on February 23, 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.