Man shoots and kills himself outside fence

Gunman lies dead after White House was placed on lockdown and journalists cowered in briefing room as shots rang out

The man has since died; no one else was injured in the incident, the Secret Service spokesperson said.

Post the incident, the White House went on a lockdown while US President Donald Trump was away on a visit to Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Medical personnel were called to respond to the male victim, but he was declared dead at the scene, the U.S. Secret Service said.

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"His body remained on scene". He did not appear to be aiming for the White House.

The authorities are now "working to notify next of kin".

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The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is the lead investigative organization for the shooting, supported by the Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies.

The US Secret service took to its Twitter account to inform about the incident. "We refer all questions to the secret service".

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.

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