Man shoots himself dead outside the White House, says Secret Service

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A spokeswoman for the District of Columbia police said they were also responding to the report.

Now, the United States Secret Service has confirmed a Caucasian man has suffered a fatal, self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of the White House today.

The area north of the White House was cleared and cordoned off. Police also draped yellow crime-scene tape along a full block of nearby K Street, where authorities were searching a parked auto.

As a precaution, the Secret Service shutdown all roads along the White House perimeter.

Just before noon local time (5 pm GMT), the man, reportedly, walked towards the White House's fence on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Traffic around the White House was impacted by the order, the agency said. He has been identified but his name has been withheld by authorities who are attempting to notify his next of kin.

A man fatally shot himself in front of the White House in Washington on Saturday, putting the compound into lockdown.

He was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida with first lady Melania Trump, but had been briefed on the situation, according to deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley.

Law enforcement personnel told WTOP's J.J. Green that the victim came up to the fence and stood outside for a few minutes before taking a concealed handgun weapon from his pocket. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14.

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